Ah, El Salvador. Just saying the name conjures up the unmistakable image of, um, well... hmmm. Coffee, or something, right? Countering your confusion w/ deliciousness, Habanero, open now.
From an experienced El Salvadorian restauranteur, Habanero offers heavily authentic Central American favorites, plus more familiar Mexican fare, in a humble 16-seat space w/ a helpful 20-item picture menu, silkscreen prints of cacti in unfinished wooden frames, and a flatscreen TV tuned to your favorite Univision programming. Sweet native eats include the Plato Habanero (sour cream-slathered steak, pork, or chicken w/ rice, beans, yucca, and fried plantains), the Mojarra Frita (spicy fried tilapia w/ beans, rice, and a salad), and hand-made Pupusas, which are thick, hollowed-out biscuity corn tortillas filled w/ pork, beans, and cheese served with curtido, a cabbage salad that's Central America's long-awaited answer to the bone-crushing piquancy of sauerkraut. More familiar dishes include a chicken quesadilla grilled w/ cheese and infinity vegetables (cauliflower, red pepper, broccoli, green beans, and squash), soft six-inch corn or flour tortilla adobada (pork) tacos, and several styles of burrito, the "most popular" of which includes beef tongue...according to the El Salvadorian Beef Tongue Lobby.
To finish the feast, they've got an unexpectedly lengthy selection of drinks (horchata, cevada, Jarritos, pineapple milkshakes), and desserts like arroz con leche (sweet rice w/ milk) and atol de elote, or corn gruel, conjuring up an unmistakable image of that time you...ate corn gruel? And rode a pony? Right?