El Rancho US Map & Phone & Address

1126 Cambridge St. Cambridge; (617) 868-2309 Located just outside of Inman Square, El Rancho is one of the few places in Boston where you can get comidas tipicas of El Salvador.

This tiny storefront kitchen offers Mexican food as well, and it’s all carefully prepared and flavorful, with sizeable portions.

Among the more interesting specialties is Chicken el Sol ($6.50), in which corn tortilla chips are neatly arranged around the rim of the plate, like a Mayan painting of the sun. A generous portion of rice is laid over this, then another layer of chips, and finally a layer of diced chicken in a tangy tomato sauce. Absolutely delicious. Most interesting among the Salvadoran cuisine are pupusas, soft corn tortillas filled with vegetables and pork or cheese, all fried up brown and moist. A platter of three with beans and a spicy cole slaw goes for a mere $4.50.

With many of the meals you can add a side order of guacamole for 950. Also, there are bottles of hot sauce on the tables for those with spicier appetites. The service is friendly, if a bit slow, and the folks will be happy to explain the delicacies for you. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 A.M. to 8 P.M. Muy bueno.

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