El Te­soro Café

Pasatiempo - - Restaurant Review -

500 Montezuma Ave., in­side San­busco Mar­ket Cen­ter, 988-3886 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon­day-Satur­day; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun­day

No al­co­hol Counter ser­vice Noise level: am­bi­ent mall chat­ter Hand­i­capped-ac­ces­si­ble Credit cards and lo­cal checks

The Short Or­der

In­side the San­busco Mar­ket Cen­ter, El Te­soro Café cooks up a mix of New Mex­i­can and El Sal­vado­ran fa­vorites. It does a brisk lunchtime busi­ness for an en­thu­si­as­tic crowd that is ap­par­ently averse to spice. Con­sider or­der­ing from the menu’s Cen­tral Amer­i­can spe­cial­ties. Pu­pusas (Cen­tral Amer­i­can stuffed corn cakes)

are hearty, with fill­ings rang­ing from pork to an ed­i­ble flow­er­ing vine. Make sure to visit dur­ing the lunchtime rush, as the kitchen doesn’t seem to be ad­e­quately prepped or staffed for din­ner vis­i­tors. Rec­om­mended: loroco pu­pusas, fried plan­tains, and yucca frit­ters.

Rat­ings range from 0 to 4 chiles. This re­flects the re­viewer’s ex­pe­ri­ence with re­gard to food and drink, at­mos­phere, ser­vice, and value.

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