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***** Manana Restaurant is rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, based on 123 reviews!

  • *****

    On a cold Minnesota night, the wife and I were feeling some Latin food. We found Manana Restaurant and made the 15 minute drive from downtown to try it. It first sight, it appears to be a sketchy looking convenience store. As you walk inside you're welcomed by warm employees. I had the pupusa plate... so so good! The place is a bit dirty, but I'm sure this is one of those yet-to-be discovered hits.

  • *****

    Tacos ordered pollo and pastor. Did not disappoint.
    Yucca Fritatas there's a ton of it enough to be a meal. Comes with coleslaw piled like a mountain on top of the yucca fritatas and surrounded by deep fried lumps of pork.
    Plantain Fritatas was too full to enjoy this.
    Pupusa got the bean and cheese but so-so.
    Tamale def skip this

    Portions are expectedly on the larger size. My to-go box was brimming with food afterwards.

  • *****

    The pupusas. Oh my word...I ordered the Rebueltas Only plate with beans and rice. These are pork, bean, and cheese pupusas and they are fabulous! I ordered mine to go and they put my beans in a little baggie so they wouldn't spill on the way home. I thought it would be a bean overload with the side of beans plus the beans inside, but everything was delicious and the service was wonderful.

  • *****

    After 2 years, still our go-to place for a relatively quick and affordable delicious lunch. I've honestly never been disappointed in the food here and I love the staff.

  • *****

    I have been here a handful of times and am a return customer. When craving Hispanic food, I am more than happy to make the 20 minute drive to come here. This is a family owned Salvadorian restaurant. Don't expect anything fancy, just expect delicious food! For dinner I usually order the yucca frita appetizer and the pupusa meal. The pupusa meal is served with rice, refried beans, and colorful and spicy coleslaw. The hot sauce is a must try. I have also tried the tamales and taco which are both delicious. Don't forget to quench your thirst with the homemade horchata.

  • *****

    Just awesome service and food I'm from El Salvador (where pupusas are originally from) and I never tried such a good pupusa if you like to try something new this is the right place

  • *****

    This place is delicious. I finally found a place on this side of the river to eat delicious Mexican and Latin American food without having to travel to Minneapolis and eat at places like Mayas and Chimborazo in NE.

    Being from New Mexico, I know good home made style cooking and made from scratch when I taste it.

    Forget Chipotle's burritos and come try out a Maanas burrito, you will not be disappointed.

    This was my first time trying a Papusa, and it was delicious. If I could describe a Papusa it is a soft thick corn tortilla filled with a delicious savory meat/bean and cheese filling. They have other types of Papusas without meat. These are then eaten with this slightly pickled and spiced cabbage salad. Delicious!

    I would agree with Vee V. you should come and try out a papas and experience this novel taste for yourself.

    Everything else here is absolutely delicious and amazing. Homemade for sure.

    Take a trip and instead of going to one of those chain restaurants come here. Ignore the decor, and brave the neighborhood and check it out for yourself.

    Se habla espaol. So you know its legit.

  • *****

    My husband and I are always on the hunt for delicious tacos. After trying out two different restaurants in one week and leaving beyond disappointed, we decided to come and give Maana a try to satisfy our taco craving (yes we had tacos 3 our of 7 dinners that week!)
    The place is small, be prepared to wait a little bit for a table if you come during peek times. When we walked in, we didn't know how the restaurant ran so we walked up to the cash register and placed our order. We were then seated, and noticed that the waitress were taking orders at the tables, oops! The staff was very friendly and accommodating. The place was very busy, but the wait was not too bad. We ordered the steak tacos, chicken tacos, steak tortas, and the cheese papusas. Everything was absolutely delicious! Their beans and rice are so comforting, they were a pleasant surprise for sure.
    I would definitely recommend the steak tacos, and their rice and beans.

  • *****

    This place is good! I was expecting it to be mediocre but I actually liked it! Pupusas and tamales are worth it and it's cheap

  • *****

    The papusas are great. I had the combo, which is three papusas, two meat and one cheese. Came with refried beans and rise, as well as a bowl of spiced cabbage. Menu includes Salvadorian sections, plus Mexican fare. Music was too loud to easily have a conversation. It was a rainy day, and not terribly crowded for a noon meal. Definitely a place I will return to.

  • *****

    they have the best food! i promise you will be satisfied! i been coming here for years & hope they stay here forever!!! go try em

  • *****

    I would always get Pupusas at a hole in the wall in Denver and I've been looking for great Pupusas in the MSP area, boy did I find them!!!! These were absolutely wonderful. We had the pork and cheese, bean and cheese, and cheese. All were fabulous. They make them to order. It's definitely a hold in the wall, English is choppy, but that's part of the experience! Go and get the Pupusas!

  • *****

    We had chicken burrito, pastor torta and steak tacos. All was so good! Very authentic. Don't expect chips and salsa and over the top Mexican decor. Simple restaurant with good food. Prices were a bit higher then I expected, and extra for hot sauce. Pretty busy too while we were there, which is s sign of good food.

  • *****

    If you don't try the pupusa here then you shouldn't have come.

    I've never heard of a pupusa, almost wish I hadn't, because now I'm an addict. I'm having flashbacks writing this. I can hear the small El Salvadorian (at least I assume) woman slapping the ball filled with salty chicharron and gooey cheese back and forth in her little hands forming a perfect stuffed disk, and then the sizzle when she plops it onto the flattop. I wish I were licking and shoving one in my face right now.

    Ok, so really though, this is probably now a favorite place of mine. If they keep making food like this I'll never care that the place is a hole in the wall. My husband came back from the restroom and told me I better not use the bathroom. Apparently the men's didn't have a toilet seat. Also, the server isn't jumping out of her pants with enthusiasm either, but nice enough and efficient.

    We tried the sweet corn tamale, azada taco, pastor taco, and the any combo pupusas. For the pupusas, there were three total, we had the pork, beans, and cheese one, pork and cheese, and the cheese with veggies.

    Not a single dish disappointed. Maybe one of the best pastor tacos I've had, but the pork and cheese pupusa was the hit. The crunchy fried cheese that oozed out of the pupusa was like a bonus cheese cracker, sooo good. You have to eat each bite with a bit of slaw, and a bit of the sauce.

    My only gripe here is that they charge like $1.50 for an extra 2oz cup of hot sauce or sour cream. We didn't order any extra, saw the price on the menu and was like DAAAYAM.

    They'll be seeing my face frequently here...but I'll bring my own extra hot sauce, and I'll skip a visit to the bathroom.

  • *****

    If you don't try the pupusa here then you shouldn't have come.

    I've never heard of a pupusa, almost wish I hadn't, because now I'm an addict. I'm having flashbacks writing this. I can hear the small El Salvadorian (at least I assume) woman slapping the ball filled with salty chicharron and gooey cheese back and forth in her little hands forming a perfect stuffed disk, and then the sizzle when she plops it onto the flattop. I wish I were licking and shoving one in my face right now.

    Ok, so really though, this is probably now a favorite place of mine. If they keep making food like this I'll never care that the place is a hole in the wall. My husband came back from the restroom and told me I better not use the bathroom. Apparently the men's didn't have a toilet seat. Also, the server isn't jumping out of her pants with enthusiasm either, but nice enough and efficient.

    We tried the sweet corn tamale, azada taco, pastor taco, and the any combo pupusas. For the pupusas, there were three total, we had the pork, beans, and cheese one, pork and cheese, and the cheese with veggies.

    Not a single dish disappointed. Maybe one of the best pastor tacos I've had, but the pork and cheese pupusa was the hit. The crunchy fried cheese that oozed out of the pupusa was like a bonus cheese cracker, sooo good. You have to eat each bite with a bit of slaw, and a bit of the sauce.

    My only gripe here is that they charge like $1.50 for an extra 2oz cup of hot sauce or sour cream. We didn't order any extra, saw the price on the menu and was like DAAAYAM.

    They'll be seeing my face frequently here...but I'll bring my own hot sauce, and I'll skip a visit to the bathroom.

  • *****

    Oh Manana I love you. It's sort of like stepping into another little sub-culture-there are a lot of people who hang out here on a daily basis. It's a little storefront on East Seventh, and I actually drove past it on my way to work hundreds of times and never noticed it.
    They serve good, cheap Salvadorian and Mexican food-and if you don't know Spanish, you may have to do some sign language! One of the guys that works there knows pretty good English, and with my high school Spanish I do OK. It's full of families and blaring Spanish soap operas.
    A pupusa is like a fried tortilla tostada thing-with different toppings. I've had one before, and it was good, but I don't need to get one each time I go.
    Lots of options-all good. My husband picked me up from work, and he brought the rest of his Manana dinner for me to share with him. 8 bucks or so feeds two people-well, including a drink. He had gotten a burrito-as big as Chipotle, but much better. It came with black beans and rice, and lots and lots of guacamole and chips.
    I've had great chicken on the bone here, tamales, and their rice and vegetables are great.
    Get ready for a wait-Manana is often when you get your meal! It's a little place where you can eat-in or you can take it to go. I haven't tried calling ahead, but that would be an option if you can be underrstood. Once the food was cold, but it's not enough to bump it down to four stars. When I was in the hospital my husband(fiancee then) brought me dinner from here, and I was a happy camper...

  • *****

    The Papusa is love. If you are a fan of the Juicy Lucy, then this little place will give you the El Salvadoran version of that tasty delight.
    I've tried these at other places (La Hacienda, a taco coach on Concord, and at the Maxwell St. Market in Chicago) and Manana is the best.

    So what is a papusa you ask? Well it is a flour and corn ball, stuffed with beans and cheese, pork, whatever, that is then flattened and cooked on the grill. You then top it with a quasi spicy El Salvadoran cole slaw, followed by a vinegary hot sauce.

    It is crazy good. They also have standard tacos and other foods but the papusa is what I crave. Sometimes, you can also get some excellent desserts. I usually drink this all down with a horchada (think cinnamon flavored milk) or their grapefruit style punch.

    Prices have gone up a tinge since I first went, but you can still get out of there with three pupusa's and a taco for less then $9. (We paid $7.50 my first time there). My wife gets full on a taco and 1 pupusa and I like to have 2 pupusas.

    You can tell it's a family run joint as they put a lot of love and care into the place (it's clean) and their food (it's delicious).

  • *****

    To be completely honest, when I saw the outside of Manana I was a little nervous about the quality of the food on the inside, but a friend wanted to check it so I agreed. I am so glad I did. All the items we flavorful, warm and delicious. We tried a wide variety of there offerings all were exceptionally delicious. If you decide to go with tacos make sure you have the cilantro and onion they offer as toppings, it just makes them that much better. Plus the prices were completely reasonable. We went with 4 adults and 1 child and we got out of there for under $30 and a full stomach.

  • *****

    Don't wait until manana to come here. (yes, I had to).
    We came a few years back and remembered having a hard time ordering, and it was busy and loud and then we just never came back. Not hard to find, but certainly a destination--coming from Mpls, just exit on Mounds Blvd and follow the signs for 7th.

    Well, that is going to change. Delicious Papusa. Wonderful service. And especially wonderful if you are on a budget. 3 people can feast for under $20 bucks.
    The soup and stew looks delicious as well and a few tables were heaped with dishes on Saturday. Not too busy, but busy enough.

    Bring cash, pay at the counter.

  • *****

    Love this place. Always order a pupusa with whatever else I'm having. I've also had them cater for get togethers. It's a family run business and I always feel welcome whenever I'm there. Non-Spanish speakers should not feel intimidated; Luis or his brother are typically there. Otherwise there's a menu to point at and the people who work there are extremely friendly.

  • *****

    I'll pile on another 5 star review. First, I'll thank Katherine Z. for recommending this place to me. I'm a little embarrassed that I've never been here despite the fact that it is about a half mile from my house.

    Excellent fresh made chips and salsa. (free) Probably my favorite of any Mexican restaurant because the salsa was about my perfect level of hotness, maybe a 7 out of 10. The chips were still warm.

    The beef burrito was excellent, again the sauce made this meal. The beef was cooked in a very flavorful sauce.

    I thought the chicken taco was a little dry, pretty average. If you are getting tacos, chicken tacos anyways, I'd recommend La Cabana down the street.

    I tried one El Salvadoran treat, the cream filled dessert Empanada for $1.25. The dough was nice, sweet and chewy.

    Very reasonably priced too. I came here with my dad and we both got a burrito, a taco, an empanada and drink for $19. I was mega hungry and left happy.

    You can park for free in the salon parking lot on the corner.

  • *****

    Five Stars, Five Words:
    Pupusas. Curtido. Tacos. Cheap. Delicious.

  • *****

    Ate here again today. Neat that they are open early on Sundays. It was shortly after 10 am on the way back from the DT St Paul Farmer's Market where price fixing is still alive and well.
    My son is always my dining buddy when I want to stray from minnesota food. He digs banh mi, pho, tacos de lengua, crayfish, whatever.
    Today were his first pupusas.
    He freaked. He ate the yummy pork and cheese, describing it as a stuffed tamale pancake. Pretty accurate actually. I had the same with the addition of beans. Both were so amazing. The slightly spiced vinegary cabbage that accompanies the pupusas totally make the meal. He had his favorite, mexican coke, and I had mine, tamarind soda.
    The steam table looked amazing and full of yummy stews. The folks that work here care about what they do, take pride in their product, and deliver your food with a warm genuine smile. I feel so welcome here.
    On the way home, my son said "Dad, how can people be racist when we are so lucky to have all of these neat immigrants and their great food so close to home? We are sooo lucky!"
    I couldn't agree more.

  • *****

    I ate here this evening based on Yelp reviews. I've lived downtown for five years and this is the first time I've been there. I wish I would've discovered it long ago - it is so close! I had a party of two and we had 4 pupusas - 1 cheese, 1 cheese with loroco (a vegetable similar to asparagus) and 2 pork with cheese. I've heard of them before and I always wanted to try them. Well, they are wonderful and everyone should try. The cabbage mixture that goes on top is yummy. I saw on the door that they have $1.50 pupusas on Weds. & Thurs. nights. There were no chips and salsa as another reviewer noted. Our total bill for the pupusas and 2 jarritos was around $13 bucks. I could only finish 1.5 pupusas - they are quite filling. I found the service to be great. A waiter named Maurice was very friendly and helpful with any questions. Thanks to the prior Yelp reviewers for helping me discover a gem. I have a feeling I may be headed over every now and then to get my pupusa fix.

  • *****

    Ok I've been twice and both times I was very pleased with my meal. It's only up the street, so I have to be careful to not make it a weekly thing...yum.

  • *****

    Manana looks like no big deal from the outside, but it is such a big deal!

    pupusa: a Salvadorean handmade corn tortilla stuffed with beans, cheese, meat, whuteva

    pupuseria: a pupusa restaurant

    In the words of Liz Lemon, I WANT TO GO TO HERE.

    The man and I were running errands on Friday and stopped for a late lunch. As we disembarked from the car, we were welcomed by a loony woman holding a goblet of some kind and yelling at the world with her front door open, "If you can feel Jesus, let him in!"

    We scurried past her gate and around the corner to Manana's, where the welcome was much warmer. The staff was a friendly few ladies and gentleman who delivered our pupusas, enchiladas and horchata like pros.

    The atmosphere is, again, no big deal. It's clean and that's enough for me. There are about four or five signs that prohibit you from setting your baby on top of the tables (must be a big problem for them?...).

    These pupusas aren't kidding around. I ordered the three pupusa combo, which I thought would be a choice of three different kinds of filling. In reality, all three come in the "revuelta" style with rice, beans and chicharron (pork), which was totally fine by me because they were incredible. The platter came with rice, beans and this spicy cabbage slaw that was super rico (translation: mmm).

    My horchata was right on too. I didn't notice if they make it from scratch or not, but regardless... perfectly balanced. It wasn't overly sweet or gritty.

    This was my first foray into honest-to-goodness pupusas and it will not be the last!

  • *****

    I would love to say that this place is awful in hopes that it remain hidden and unchanged, but GOD I love this place!

    On a tour to try all the Jucy Lucy joints in town, Yelp directed us to this place with comments that their papusas were the hispanic alternative. We ventured to this tucked away gem and fell in lust.

    Mmmm. Seasoned meat and cheese filled corn pancakes with a spicey coleslaw as a topper. Open early and very cheap. I could eat here for days. I mean.... this place is awful (wink).

  • *****

    i have visit manana restaurant this weeken for my first time,i got to say it was the best authentic salvadorian and mexican food so far in minnesota,i have visit other places liked ,La Acienda,Mercado Central El Centro Pupuseria and are not as closed to how good this food was,fresh,warm and not spicy unless you ask,the outside looks like no big deal,but ones you walk inside is a defferent story,if you dont know what good authentic salvadorian or mexican food is,you dont know what your talking about,price's are lowest than anyother places i visit,you guys have to try it,i feel bad for this other people that dont know how to appriciate good food,you guys need to go out of MCdonalds and burger king.i will go back with my family and visit manana restaurant .

  • *****

    I generally make bad decisions when hunting for food when I am extremely hungry and stressed out from overworking but I resisted Burger King (a decision I always regret) and drove a little further to Manana, as it is on my route home. I entered in a frazzled state and stood there all crazed until a lovely waiter told me I could sit anywhere. I sat and studied the menu and after feeling very indecisive asked the waiter about the pupusas. He very kindly explained what they were (corn tortillas with various choice of fillings) and that they were known for them. I ordered some yuccas fritas along with a pork and cheese pupusa and a pineapple Jarritos.

    I watched some fantastic Telenovelas whilst waiting for my food. At one point I was the only person in the restaurant as it was a Monday evening after 6pm. The food came fairly quickly. The yuccas fritas were fried to perfection and the pupusa was delicious. It comes with a cabbage salad and sauce. The bill was under twenty bucks including tip. I left feeling a lot less stressed and sated. All in all a grand experience. I shall definitely return.

  • *****

    I'm from El Salvador and my family and I think that this is the best place for pupusas.

  • *****

    My daughter is studying Spanish in high school and needed to visit a Latin American restaurant for a cultural experience. She selected Manana Restaurant y Pupuseria. I was hoping for a real Latin American experience and definitely got it here! The restaurant is El Salvadoran. Upon entering I quickly recognized that this is going to be an authentic experience. We were the only German Americans there :) . The rest of the folks were young Spanish families with children. We felt very comfortable. The restaurant is small and modest, and not that many tables. You are not in a fancy restaurant, you are in an authentic El Salvadoran restaurant, and I enjoyed the ambiance. During the meal I saw that they had a large carry out business as well. We arrived during lunch, but only had to wait maybe 5 minutes for a table. The menu is is very large with so many selections. Not being familiar with Latin American food beyond the typical Americanized Mexican food, my wife, daughter, and I selected their namesake Pupusas. Oh my gosh, what a fabulous choice!!! I can easily say that the fresh made to order Pupsuas was one of the best meals I've ever had. It is a handmade corn tortilla or more like a thick pan cake with pork and cheese in the middle, and fried on a grill. They are made to order so they are as fresh as it gets. The flavors were phenomenal. It came with some kind of pickled cabbage that reminded me sort of like sour kraut, also a white rice, and some refried beans. I ate the Pupusas with the cabbage and rice and thoroughly enjoyed it! The refried beans were fabulous with some homemade chips. My wife had a Mexican Coca Cola in the bottle and my daughter had some kind of Rice drink. I stupidly got a Sprite but next time I"m getting that Rice drink or one of the many fresh squeezed fruit drinks. During the meal one of the owners came over and asked how the meal was. He spent several minutes with us explaining how to eat the Pupusas, how they were prepared, and El Salvadoran food. He was clearly proud of his establishment, as he should be. Since all the food there is made to order, do not be in a hurry. All three of us were thrilled with the meal and the authentic El Salvadoran experience, and already said that we want to go back again.

  • *****

    Yum, yum and YUM!!!

    I'm a pretty recent convert to the whole pupusa thing, but I have to say I'm in whole-heartedly.

    I've been to Manana a few times for lunch and each time, I've ordered a pupusa (either cheese only or cheese and beans). I love that they're super crispy on the outside, but ooey-gooey on the inside. I love the hot sauce too.

    The thing that REALLY puts these over the edge is the amazing slaw/relish that comes with the pupusas. It's mostly cabbage that's in some sort of vinegary juice (I wouldn't call it dressing) and it's definitely spicy. I go back and forth on the best way to eat it: in the same forkfull as pupusa or on its own. Either way -- it's straight up delicious.

  • *****

    Yummy Pupusas! Check
    Yellow Cole Slaw! Check
    Mexican Coke in glass bottle! Check

    There isn't really much more to say other than this place is worth the drive to the East side of town...unless of course you live in Saint Paul, and then it ain't that much of a drive for you.

  • *****

    My life is 1000 times better since I've discovered the Salvadoran wonder food that is the pupusa. Like a delicious, pork/bean/cheese-stuffed masa pancake, it really is the perfect food. Of course, as many others have said, the pupusa reaches a whole other level when you generously pile Manana's bright yellow, spicy slaw on top.

    I had the three-pupusa combo, which was WAY too much for me. I gave my rice to my husband and still had trouble finishing the thing. At $8.50, I think it's the cheapest meal that ever filled me to bursting. Next time I'll stick to one or two of the pupusas, a la carte (they're about $2.50 - $3.00 a pop).

    The horchata was good, but not great. A little too cinnamon-y, and there was quite a bit of grit. But overall it was a very satisfying dining experience, and pleasantly easy on the wallet.

  • *****

    Call me a selfish brat, but there are some places that I hesitate to write about because I want to keep them my little secret. But that would be bad karma, especially because I was introduced to some of these places by more generous friends.

    So here I am, sharing with you the secret of the $2 pupusa at Manana. Usually, when something costs $2, you're left wanting in the flavor department. But not so with the pupusas here. Gritty corn flavor comes through from the masa dough, filled with hot gooey cheese, and flavorful fillings of meat, beans, or loroco (a flower-like vegetable with a slightly bitter flavor). I suggest getting the pork and cheese. Be sure to eat your pupusas with the mildly vinegared slaw and sauce that comes with every dish. I've had pupusas at El Centro Pupuseria and they do not compare to the ones at Manana (El Centro's are bland, tough).

    Though I've been there many times, I've stuck primarily to the pupusas, tamales (solid), and yucca frita (good, not great). But from the look of others' plates (most often a Latino family, no I'm not racial profiling but there does seem to be a correlation between the quality of the food with the number of families of that restaurant's racial/ethnic culture in the join!), the other dishes look like tasty homecooking. "No-fuss homecooking" probably best captures the spirit of Manana. Not to mention that the employees are really friendly folks, just chat with them and you'll find out for yourself.

    p.s. I started writing this review months ago, when I still lived in Minneapolis. I am picking it back up as I sit in Honolulu because Manana is THAT GOOD. One of places I miss in the Twin Cities.

  • *****

    Love this place it's own by my aunt and I love how cheap it is and how they make the food ;) try it bcuz it's worth it !;)

  • *****

    We took 3 teenagers to Manana, and they couldn't finish, there was so much great food!

    This truly is a little gem on St. Paul's East Side. Our daughter first learned about pupusas in Los Angeles. Naturally, Manana was up against tough competition--but the folks and the food here prevailed! :)

    It's not fancy, but the food is fabulous. We'll definitely be going back.

  • *****

    I'll admit it: I was completely unaware of pupusas up until last year when a coworker of my BF gave him some to bring home.

    Enter Salvadorian awesomeness.

    Those little "pancakes" of yum drive me insane, and Maana's pupusas were ridiculously good. Get the chicharon pupusas. Get three. They are filling but oh so good.

    I noticed that many of the other patrons were getting bowls of the special weekend soup, which was some sort of beef based dish. Looked and smelled amazing, but I had blinders on for all but pupusas. Next time for sure.

    The restaurant isn't quite a hole in the wall, but it's definitely a smaller, more intimate spot, especially since the very friendly man who worked the cash register was also our server. It can maybe sit at most about 35 people. But whatever, those are not important details.

    The only reason why it's getting 4-stars is because I just got pupusas.

    I will be back again. A lot.

  • *****

    My wife discovered this little hole-in-the-wall place so we checked it out tonight. Awesome mom and pop feel to it. Prices are low and the food is solid. I ordered the 3 Pupuseria Combo which is their signature entree. Super tasty, super filling. Make sure you use the slaw that comes with it. Plus the hot sauce actually has a decent kick too. Highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a small Mexican restaurant where you get great food at a great price.

  • *****

    When my wife and I first moved to St. Paul, we came here based on the write-up of Yelpers, and ended up coming once a week every week for months. This place is fantastic. The pupusas are awesome, the curtado is even better, and the people that run the place are better yet still. We don't get here every week anymore, but we still try to go as often as we can.

  • *****

    It's a total craphole, but the pupusas are damn delicious. Shredded pork inside of a homemade, fresh tortilla (masa?) with a weird slaw on top = worth the trek into the hood. Go get some.

  • *****

    My mouth is watering as I write this review thinking of the Pupusas. I had to order these because it seemed to be the favorite amongst yelpers and, as usual, my fellow yelpers, did not let me down!

    I ordered the combo plate which, like everyone else has explained, comes with three of these amazing pupusas, this wonderful slaw, and some divine red sauce. The combo plate also has beans and rice but my focus was primarily on the masa type pancakes filled with beans/cheese and pork.

    Ci ordered a Sopa and two tacos...I tried a taco, and they were ok...I would stick to the more traditional food items and get tacos elsewhere.

    The man who took our order was super helpful since we were newbies to Salvadoran food and service was spot on.

    Parking might be a challenge and the place looks sketchy on the outside but inside, you feel like you stepped into a different culture and country. The place is a little run down but who cares....The food is amazing.

    I can not wait to go back!

  • *****

    This place is the ultimate hole-in-the-wall restaurant with fabulous food. It was our first time trying pupusas, so we ordered several different ones, and we enjoyed them all. Huge portions and great prices. We will be back soon!!

  • *****

    Fantastic pupusas. Plus more, like tacos and tortas, both of which were great. I'd give it five stars, but it could use a good scrubbing.

  • *****

    Stumbled across this place thanks to a wrong turn and some great Yelp! reviews.
    I've had pupusas before but I've never gone looking for them so I guess this place somehow escaped my view despite many drives right past it. The storefront doesn't exactly jump out at you.

    First thoughts....walking in the door is like stepping through a transporter. The interior of this place would certainly fit right in any Central American country. I wasn't sure where to go or what to do when I walked in but luckily a waitress/angel immediately spotted look of the lost in my eyes and told me to go ahead and sit anywhere and she would bring a menu.

    My lunch angel continued to amaze me by quickly explaining a few of the house specialties. I took her advice and ordered two (oh no, she said - you want more than one) pork and cheese pupusas but then tried to go my own way and added a tamal. She then listed a number of drinks but I the only thing I heard was watermelon and something that sounded like horchata so I just told her to bring whatever she thought was best.

    The food came out within minutes. The pususas came with a spicy coleslaw type side and a squeeze bottle of sauce (very good for pupusas! said the angel - again seeing my confusion). She even came back to tell me to put the coleslaw ON the pupusas when she saw me eating it straight. Never once did she give me that "boy, you're a special kind of idiot aren't you?" look.

    The drink she brought looked a little like horchata but tasted different than any I've ever had. It was amazing.

    Regarding the food I will say that I wasn't terribly impressed with the tamal. So next time I'll stick to the pupusas which were incredible, especially once I learned how to set them up with the slaw and sauce.

    When I checked out (for a ridiculously low price for the amount of food I had) I was talking to the manager/owner and he explained that I was, in fact, drinking horchata but he makes theirs using cashews and real milk.

    I would have given this place 5 stars for the food alone - I wish I could give them another 5 for service and hospitality. What a great little place!

  • *****

    Not much to say except reenforcing the other reviews. Great food with fair prices.

  • *****

    The pupuseria is the most delicious pupusas i have ever tried. Plaza del Sol has pupusas but aren't even okay. Maana's also serves a delicious side which is cabbage with vinegar and other ingredients. Very delicious, and owners are very kind and giving to the Dayton's Bluff community.
    Note: Yelp lists this as Mexican, but its a Salvadorian restaurant.

  • *****

    Great food. I was just there last evening for the first time and will most certainly be going back. Unique and flavorful dishes. Very reasonable prices. Two tacos, two pampusas, a coke, and chicken dinner for $20. The pork and cheese pamusa was outstanding and the chorizo taco was marinated in a wonderfully unique spice. Only real negative was that the music being played was quite loud. But audio level is a matter of opinion, as everything is I suppose. That is Yelp. My girlfriend and I both felt that Manana had great food at a terrific price. Exceptional value.

  • *****

    Great food. I didn't know what to expect from this hole in the wall joint, but the food is superb. I recommend calling ahead and taking out, as space is limited and making food from scratch takes time, but it's well worth it.

  • *****

    Fresh hot and delicious pupusas. Pork
    Probably my favorite but other fillings were grub too. Service was terrific and the price was f*cking right.
    I'll be back to try more next time I'm in east St. Paul.

  • *****

    Oh my gosh. Here's a place that I almost didn't write a review fit because I prefer them to remain slightly secret. Their papusas are really fantastic and the plantains with beans and crema were the best I've had. I'm dreaming of going back for dinner even though I was here for lunch!

  • *****

    Yay! I'm a fan. And here's why...

    Food:
    - Empanadas: for some reason their empanadas lack that slap-on-the-face feels that I get when I eat any fried pastry. I am used to a meat empanadas, but they had a cream filled version. The cream sort of taste like plantains but isn't that sweet. The outer layer reminds me of a doughnut. Based on all the other goods we tried here, I'd say save the room in your belly and try something else.
    + Chicken tamale: These are the best chicken tamales I ever had. The corn was well broken down so there isn't a grainy texture. The chicken was marinated and shredded. They are offered as an appetizer, one for $1.75. I could have eaten a plate of them
    + Fried plantains: These come with beans and sour cream. Despite the grease, they are so good! I suggest sharing them, because they are quite filling.
    + Combination: The pupusas are so good but three is way too much. They are sort of like a pancake filled with cheese and pork.They also come with beans and some rice with veggies. I would also share this plate with someone because they fill you up quickly, plus you can try other items. Overall, these were good but I would probably order another entree the next time I come back. Perhaps it was the fact I had way too much fried food by the times these came, but after the first pupusa, I definitely experienced diminishing marginal utility.
    + Horchata: I would like to say I am a horchata connoisseur, I do like to drink these with my pinky up. Coming from Southern California for the last 6 years before I moved here, I tried horchatas from Mexico to more TexMex places to more Mexi-Cali styles. I loved the horchata here. It tastes more authentic than many other mexican restaurants in MSP. It has a more starchy feel, as it should, and lightly sweetened whereas other places sell horchata that taste like they are from bottles.

    Parking: Street but found a sweet spot in 5 minutes during lunch hour.

    Service: Don't come here for the ambience, but you would be surprised by the great service. We were waited within 5 minutes despite the place being packed. When food came, our waiter would come back to ask if we needed water refills and how the food tasted. When we were ready to leave, the cashier greeted us, asked us how we liked their food and thanked us. Given how busy the place was, and how understaffed they appeared, i was very surprised at the pace of the food, how attentive the waiters were, and overall friendliness of the staff.

    Would definitely come again!

  • *****

    I felt transported to Central America when I walked into Maana! The pupusas were just like I remember eating in Honduras. Parking is a bit of a challenge, but well worth the effort. We had torrejas for dessert... again a taste that transports you to another country. We will DEFINITELY be back!

  • *****

    Oh man. Talk about a hidden gem. My husband knew about this place from a visit with a friend something like seven years ago. And yet somehow he has never brought me here until now (bastard). What a delightful little restaurant.

    It's not fancy. There are maybe 10 tables in the restaurant if you want to sit and eat. They also appear to do pretty solid takeout business. Nothing fancy but totally great. It kind of reminded me of Chimborazo (but less crowded!). The menu is big with a lot of standards like tacos, etc. But we were pleased to see other items like churrasco and shrimp cocktales that we generally enjoy at other restaurants. However, being that it's a pupusa restaurant, we both went for pupusas the first time out. I love beans and cheese and would be quite content eating just that for the rest of my life. So I got the three pupusa combo platter, with two bean and cheese pupusas and one with pork, beans and cheese. Yes. I'm a pig.

    The food took a little while to come out but that was OK. The woman waiting on us was very kind, waited patiently for us to order and tried to be helpful as much as possible. The food was obviously made to order (hence the delay). The pupusas were delightful. Crunchy on the outside, piping hot on the inside, melty cheese, delicious beans and amazingly tender pork full of flavor. It was all delicious. Three pupusas was a lot (though I managed, don't worry). I also got a side of beans with a few chips (homemade) and rice, which was mixed with lovely vegetables so it wasn't just plain white rice. Really so authentic and so delicious.

    The gentleman behind the register was friendly as could be, welcoming us when we arrived and thanking us as we left. Really so pleased with this find tonight.

  • *****

    Oh man. Talk about a hidden gem. My husband knew about this place from a visit with a friend something like seven years ago. And yet somehow he has never brought me here until now (bastard). What a delightful little restaurant.

    It's not fancy. There are maybe 10 tables in the restaurant if you want to sit and eat. They also appear to do pretty solid takeout business. Nothing fancy but totally great. It kind of reminded me of Chimborazo (but less crowded!). The menu is big with a lot of standards like tacos, etc. But we were pleased to see other items like currasco and shrimp cocktales that we generally enjoy at other restaurants. However, being that it's a pupusa restaurant, we both went for pupusas the first time out. I love beans and cheese and would be quite content eating just that for the rest of my life. So I got the three pupusa combo platter, with two bean and cheese pupusas and one with pork, beans and cheese. Yes. I'm a pig.

    The food took a little while to come out but that was OK. The woman waiting on us was very kind, waited patiently for us to order and tried to be helpful as much as possible. The food was obviously made to order (hence the delay). The pupusas were delightful. Crunchy on the outside, piping hot on the inside, melty cheese, delicious beans and amazingly tender pork full of flavor. It was all delicious. Three pupusas was a lot (though I managed, don't worry). I also got a side of beans with a few chips (homemade) and rice, which was mixed with lovely vegetables so it wasn't just plain white rice. Really so authentic and so delicious.

    The gentleman behind the register was friendly as could be, welcoming us when we arrived and thanking us as we left. Really so pleased with this find tonight.

  • *****

    Great food!

  • *****

    Love love love this place.

    The restaurant is simple, you'll find sparse cafeteria style tables here. Grab one when you can because this place gets busy. The interior is unassuming, you are not here for the ambiance you are here for the pupusas and they are AMAZING!

    The service here is friendly and top notch, and you can't beat the price.

    If you haven't tried a pupusa, I highly recommend them. You can watch them make them by hand, they take about 5 minutes to cook and they are served to you hot off the grill!

    Plenty of street parking, easy access. You won't be disappointed!

  • *****

    Walking into manana, it's a small space that boasts simple decor. It's clean and the staff is friendly. Once you order, the food comes out fairly quickly and the service is good. Now, the exciting stuff. The food!

    These. Are. The. Best. Pupusas. In. Minnesota. I tried this gem of a place after a coworker mentioned it to me. I had never tried El Salvadoran food before and didn't know what to expect from pupusas but oh savory heavens they are amazing! Throw all the curdito (I think that's the proper term for the slaw like side) and all the sauce on your pupusas. It's so delicious! I've been able to try a couple of other places since coming here and this still remains at the top of my list!

    If you get the chance to, definitely stop in and grab some pupusas! They also have a plethora of other food but make sure you try a pupusa. You won't regret it!

  • *****

    The pupusas are amazing!! Cover them in the flavorful sauce that I would drink by the gallon.
    I've never had better retried beans and could eat them for days.
    The homemade tortillas are if the thicker variety and hot right off the grill.
    You can get a truly obscene amount of food for a very reasonable price.
    Everything was well done but the pupusas were the shining star!

  • *****

    I went here today after my closest friend dragged me to lunch. It's definitely a hidden gem, hole in the wall, but don't let that scare you! I ordered a steak taco which was amazing! I also had the pork, bean and cheese pupusa which was also orgasmic. And it's so cheap! It's worth the 30 minute drive!

  • *****

    I thought that the food was prepared fresh. I was talked into going here from my sister who loves this place for authentic food. I've never had this kind of food before but it was good. The place was just a cheap little spot with some chairs. I suppose nothing special to look at but they up for it in the flavor and quality of the food they make. Go try it. You might just find your new quick spot that is different.!!!

  • *****

    Salvadorean food pupusas, tamales, pasteles, also some Mexican food.....

  • *****

    Their Carne asada burritos and pupusas are amazing.

  • *****

    Delicious pupusas from el Salvador!

  • *****

    The pupusas they make are very very good & the hot salsa i love it

  • *****

    This place rocks. Maurice and Louis are so nice. Their food is amazing. From pupusas to burritos. Their marinated cole slaw will make you crave a return visit. Their stuffed peppers and tamales are awesome also.

  • *****

    Good place and good food... not great

  • *****

    Delicious and fast. Very filling, and friendly service.

  • *****

    I am delighted to lunch here. Work brought me to Dayton's Bluff St. Paul. Two fresh papusas with a side of Salvadorian slaw.

  • *****

    Visiting family in St Paul, we did take out from this place. The food was awesome. And the potion size is huge!

  • *****

    Food quality was 12 out of 10! Service, so so. Go for the meal, you won't be disappointed!

  • *****

    The food is great and so is the staff.

  • *****

    No one in my family had ever heard of a pupusa, but we like to try new things so we visited this restaurant on a Monday night before a Saints game. It had been explained to me as being like an arepa, but papusas have this wonderful slaw called curtido that you put on top of it that sets it apart. Thankfully there were 7 people in our group so we could all get different flavors and try them all. Not a bad one in the bunch! Make sure to get the refried beans.

    Had to wait a little while to get our food, but they were busy and making every papusa from scratch so completely understandable. Staff were all super friendly. Dining room is pretty basic and a little dumpy. Water was steadily streaming down the wall next to us (severe thunderstorm this particular night) and they just put a bucket below to catch it. Prices are very much in line with the amount of good, quality food you get.

  • *****

    BEST papusas in the world! Family owned and run.

  • *****

    This place introduced me to pupusas... and then got me hooked. Dont expect much in terms of customer service, just expect some bomb pupusas. Thanks La Maana

  • *****

    The pupusas are just amazing! They are as delicious as my grandmother's authentic food. I have to admit that this is by far the best Pupuseria (Pupusa Stand) in The Twin Cities. The owners are very friendly, and you really don't have to wait long minutes for your food. I waited no more than 15 minutes for my fresh pupusas. Top 5 star review on my behalf.

  • *****

    Fried yuca and pupusas were great!

  • *****

    I am really critical of pupusas because I believe my aunts pupusas are the best. However, I have to give credit where credit is due. I ate a pusasa de queso con loroco. The pupusas was super cheesy and delicious! My only criticism would be on the curtido. I am not sure if maybe the receipt is from a different part of El Salvador from where my family is from but it's not the typical curtido I am accustom to. I was told by the waitress that the curtido can be different depending on the city and what they call "departamento" which means department. Either way, it's delicious.

  • *****

    Great papusas!

  • *****

    It is nice to find traditional hispanic food in Minnesota, pupusas are delicious!!! Totally recommend it!

  • *****

    I try to go here at least once a month. I always order the 3 rebueltas (pork, beans, and cheese) pupusas combo with a side of beans and rice. The pupusas are always fresh, authentic. and delicious. It's easily one of my favorite restaurants.

  • *****

    This place is amazing. The pupusas are made to order and packed with flavor. I think the sound you hear of hands flattening the dough totally adds to the experience. The hot sauce adds just the right amount of heat. The slaw that comes with the pupusas is crunchy and spicy. Other things to try are the tamales and plantains & beans. If you are a fan of horchata, theirs is the best I've ever had. The place is pretty much a dive, but you will have no problem overlooking that once you taste the food. Enjoy.

  • *****

    The best Mexican food I've ever had, period. And the service was exceptional. My friends and I had arrived after close and the hospitable staff still served us. Don't expect any gimmicky Americanized Mexican atmosphere, just great food.

  • *****

    Arguably the best Pupusas in Minnesota. The atmosphere felt very authentic and the service was very friendly. I really liked that the curtido was laced with chili and the tomato salsa was also spicy and vinegary. The proportions of dough to filling was perfect and not greasy. Everything else on the menu looked awesome. The actual space was simple/modest but clean. If you are in St. Paul I highly recommend giving this place a try!l

  • *****

    Believe the hype. This place is a lovely little hole in the wall that delivers authentic salvadorain food. The papusas are the star of the show. I recommend The cheese and beans. Their cabbage salad or whatever it is is also very yummy. You should check this place out if you're in the neighborhood.

  • *****

    food was good. the curtido was strange and not very tasty. the service was rather strange. the waitress stood at one end of the table and handed plates to one person to pass food down vs. walking around the table and handing out dishes to each individual person.

    My order was completely mixed up since the waitress didn't write down my order properly. I guess this is the closest place for pupusas in Minneapolis so I was happy I had a chance to have some with my cousin, but the service could have been a bit better if our orders were properly written down.

  • *****

    Papuas, papusas, papusas. How can one go wrong. The combination of the Cole slaw and papusa with the tamale sauce is amazing. Highly recommend this. The service was acceptable, and while we had to wait some time, the place was full and the wait was totally worth it. Companions got burrito ranchero and churassco and they were ready to order seconds. Do not walk by this easy-to-miss cafe.

  • *****

    One of the fun things about moving to a new neighborhood is finding new places to eat. Manana is going to be a regular for me! I got the Pollo Encebollado... chicken smothered in onions. This was a well marinated and seasoned piece of meat with just absolutely delicious beans and rice, and a simple salad. Thick and tasty tortillas on the side tasted of fresh-cracked corn. Seriously yummy. Absolutely zero atmosphere... and that's a GOOD thing in my book! I am so going to try and duplicate this at home.

  • *****

    The pupusas are excellent, but if you're getting them for takeout, prepare to wait 30 minutes even when there aren't many customers. Each time I've been here, I've waited at least 30 minutes. The pupusas are definitely worth it though.

  • *****

    Great pupusas, lots of flavor. Need to invest more money in the restaurant looks old

  • *****

    The best most authentic latin restaurant in the city. I prefer the cheese or cheese & bean, but I think that's just a personal preference because my boyfriend loves the pork ones, too! It's very casual - family friendly. It's fun to watch them cook in the kitchen.

  • *****

    The Restaurant is every authentic, mom and pop style. Family own and family run.
    In my opinion this is the best place to go for authentic el Salvadorian papusas. The rebuelta Pork/bean/cheese are my favorite. They are so flavorful and not overly greasy.

  • *****

    Came out after working on a house in St Paul and was very hungry. My colleague recommended the place and all that was needed to convince me was one word: papusas. I had the bean, cheese, and pepper ones. We also ordered yuca and plantains. Everything was flavorful and completed with a hot sauce that will clear your sinuses and crunchy curtido. Staff was friendly and the interior is charmingly abundant with Salvadorian decor.
    I arrived hungry and left fully satisfied. I would love to come back and try the other dishes.

  • *****

    My favorite place! I cannot get enough of the pupusas!

  • *****

    This is my new favorite Mexican restaurant (technically salvadorian?). The food is delicious, authentic, and thoughtfully made. I'm comparing this place to all the mexi restaurant I've eaten locally and in California and this tops the charts. On top of that the prices are very reasonable.

  • *****

    I frequent this restaurant with my partner who is Salvadorian. We love the food and its authenticity. The servers are nice. Of course, the pupusas are yummy.

  • *****

    Great restaurant! Got the $40 Groupon and it was a lot of food. Knowing Spanish would have been great since this is a very authentic restaurant - the staff speaks just enough English to help navigate the menu, which is all in Spanish. We'll be returning soon for the pork pupusas and street tacos!

  • *****

    Pupusas are good, great for Minnesota. Pork filling is over cooked and lacks texture and flavor. The cheese with the loroco flower is one of their best. Recently they seem to have improved the pork. It has more flavor and wasn't cooked to death like before.

  • *****

    Friendly, funny, kind and best of all DELICIOUS! I cannot say enough about this small family run business. I was first introduced to Salvadorian food from Manana and I fell in love. You must try this local establishment!

  • *****

    great place to eat salvadorian food.

  • *****

    Great place to meet El Salvador s cultural food

  • *****

    Best pupusas in mn...

  • *****

    food was ok. the curtido was strange and not very tasty. the service was rather strange. the waitress stood at one end of the table and handed plates to one person to pass food down vs. walking around the table and handing out dishes to each individual person. my order was completely mixed up since the waitress didn't write down my order properly. I guess this is the closest place for pupusas in Minneapolis so I was happy I had a chance to have some with my cousin, but the service could have been a bit better if our orders were properly written down.

  • *****

    We eat here probably at least once every other week. The pupusas here are easily the best in the twin cities. If you've never had pupusas before try this place first because you can't go wrong here.

    My favorite dish here easily would be the pupusas de chicharron con queso. Get it with the bottled coke!

  • *****

    Fantastic hidden gem. I can thank Groupon for piquing my curiosity, and Yelp for confirming my interest in trying this place out. Going for the 3rd time, and can't WAIT. Pupusas are incredible.

  • *****

    A small place with a big heart and excellent food! I warmly recommend it to everyone. Don't go expecting a fancy restaurant, go expecting excellent food! Pupusas are just simply amazing! Order a cheese one to fight with a hot and tasty Cracken of the String Cheeses! Fried cassava? Yes, please!

  • *****

    I actually found this place on yelp! It is in a questionable part of town, but totally worth the stop in. I had the pupusas which were phenomenal! I had the pick 3 option, which was very large so I did take home left overs! The servers were some of the sweetest ones I have ever met and they just wanted you to enjoy the food and have a good time. The horchata was amazing and I finished it very quickly. The food was made and served quickly although they do have a limited menu depending on the day you go. All in all this place was beyond our standards and if you are looking for outstanding, authentic food and great prices this is the place for you!

  • *****

    My first pupusa! This place is like 2 minutes from work and I would never have know it existed without yelp. It's like stepping into another land once you get inside. I was the only one speaking English in the entire place, so that speaks to the authenticity.

    I ordered two pork and cheese pupusas. It came with a side of slaw and some sauce. Delicious. Not overlay healthy but so good. My server didn't speak any English- I tried asking her which pupusa was the best and she didn't know what I was asking so I just went with the pork and cheese ones. I do not regret it. And my total was less than $6! Score. This will definitely be a nice stop from tme to time.

    The guy who took my money at the register was very friendly, asking if I had been there before, asking how I heard about it, and informing me proudly that they had been there for 12 years. I will definitely come back!

  • *****

    Wow this place is good! I went for lunch this week and will definitely be back. The pupusa was awesome and I also had their chicken tamale which was huge and great also...people were pretty friendly also...definitely will return

  • *****

    I could go here everyday for a month and I wouldn't get tired of it.
    I'm Mexican and I'll admit it's really hard for me to open up to other type of cuisines, but I love these Popusas as much as I love tacos !! No other place in Minnesota makes them like Doa Rosario & the staff.
    Get the Popusas "Revueltas" and ask for the spicy sauce. Trust me you won't regret it!
    I can't wait for them to change their location & to close a bit more later.

  • *****

    I love there food my family and I love how respectful there employees are. Good pupusas hand made excellent natural juice I love every item. They get more then five stars

  • *****

    I was about to give up on Manana because it took me close to 45 minutes to find this place because the directions from Yelp kept leading me to the wrong spot.
    Boy oh boy, Am I glad I hung in there!

    The staff is friendly, the place clean and the food delicious and authentic!

    Hands down the best Pupusas, Tamales and Horchata I've ever had, aside from the ones my Abuelita used to make! I had the chicken tamal which was moist and well seasoned. I also had a Loroco and cheese Pupusa (a bitter flower like veggie and gooey melted cheese) and a pupusa revuelta (pork, cheese and beans). Make sure you add the Curtido, the Salvadorean version of sauerkraut and red spicy sauce in the bottle.

    Can't wait to go back!

  • *****

    YES YES YES YES YES YE.....

    You get the idea. This place is so delicious. I've only had the pupusas and I'll probably only ever have them. They are so good. Yes, the service is slow because they are handmade, but its worth it. Top them with some of that slaw and tomato-y sauce and you're in pupusa-heaven.

    Warning, the bathroom sticks but...you'll have that.

  • *****

    Agreed--the food here is delicious. Bean and cheese pupusas and chili rellenos were great. Friendly people inside. The Yelp directions are wrong--just keep on 7th St E and you will see it.

  • *****

    Best pupusas in the Twin Cities!

  • *****

    I work downtown St. Paul and was having a day. I needed a special lunch. I turned to yelp and it steered me to Manana. I got 2 pork/cheese/bean pupusas and a chicken tamal. I haven't eaten the chicken tamal yet because I am saving it for an afternoon snack. But let me tell you. The pupusas were MIND BLOWING. So tasty and delicious, just perfect with the cabbage slaw and hot sauce, and it felt like I was part of the family when I walked in even though it was my first time there.

    Also, they serve sodas in glass bottles including Fanta Pina, which can be difficult to find. I can't wait to go back.

  • *****

    I came here with coworkers. It's a small-ish place, but not crowded. I ordered a chicken and cheese tamale and a pupusa. The food was delicious-- the pupusa I ordered was one of the most delicious things I've ever tasted in my life. When I took my first bite, my eyes widened in shock. It was an amazing experience and I cannot wait to eat there again.

    My coworkers' food looked absolutely amazing as well, with chipotle-sized burritos and a side of delicious, sweet, unnameable thing. I have no idea what it was, but this restaurant doesn't churn out anything that's not pure deliciousness.

    My meal cost $4.02. For those prices and the intensely good and authentic quality of this food, you have GOT to tip your waiter.

  • *****

    went based on the yelp reviews as we were in the area for a wedding over the weekend. the food was good and plentiful AND cheap! i was surprised that 2 papusas and a taco was plenty of food and i shared with my husband. he got the churrasco. his was good too but the steak was thicker then i'd expect and it came with chorizo and shrimp which weren't expected. everything had a good flavor, especially the slaw that comes with the food. i will say i had a chorizo taco and it was AMAZING! the service was a bit slow. we were almost done with papusas and churrasco when the taco finally came out. it's also in a very dive looking area. wasn't what i expected, but well worth a 1 time visit if you're a local to the area.

  • *****

    What a find.... took an extra few minutes to find, but AMAZING! Travelled to area and looking for something close - I will definitely be back next time I am in town. The food was awesome, staff were polite and informative. This is not "American Mexican" yummy yummy

  • *****

    Love this place! Moved near by a few months ago and it is my go to restaurant for take out. The papusas are amazing and everything else I have tried is spot on. I would eat here daily if I could!

  • *****

    My husband and I went here late Saturday afternoon, for the first time. Late Saturday afternoon, it wasn't exactly bustling, but not empty, either. Very friendly waitress, once we were able to understand each other. Husband ordered the pupusa combo (pork, cheese and potatoes in each of 3) and I ordered (I think) the carnitas tacos. We shared. SO good, both of them. Very beautiful presentation in this affordable place! I don't need to say what others have said about the pupusas and the cole slaw, which are frighteningly delish. I could eat that cole slaw all day. The tacos were among the best I've ever had, with flavorful bits of marinated and seared pork, cilantro, etc. "Only" 3 or 4 tortilla chips stuck into the rice and bean mixture, but I'm sure they're hand cut and fried to serve with the order. We've yet to try the plantain chips, but will be returning soon, if I have anything to say about it.

  • *****

    Authentic restaurant serving delicious food at such low prices. The pupusas here are so amazing- I ordered the pork/cheese/beans one, and it easily was one of the best bites of my life. We also ordered the carne asada torta- the combination of the carne asada with all the other fillings (cheese, tomatoes, jalapenos) all stuffed into an amazing bread was so good. The chicken tamal was also a hit with our group. We finished all our food with some passionfruit juice. As we were leaving, I ordered an extra pupusa to go since I knew I would want to eat it again for dinner. Can't wait to come back here again!

  • *****

    I've eaten here three times. Food is good. Soup is fantastic. Atmosphere not so nice... noisy and shabby.