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Food & Dining in El Salvador


The restaurant scene in El Salvador is influenced by many different cultures. Food options include Italian, Korean, Japanese, French, Chilean, American, Peruvian, Mexican, Spanish, Middle Eastern, German, Chinese, Argentinian and others. You can also easily find American fast food chains such as Burger King, McDonald's, Wendy's, KFC, Subway, Quiznos, Pizza Hut, Little Caesar's and Domino's, in the largest cities in the country such as San Salvador, Merliot/ Santa Tecla and Santa Ana. Other franchises include Tony Romas', Bennigans and others. Some of the best restaurants are located in Zona Rosa (Paradise, Alo Nuestro, 503), San Salvador.

The typical Salvadoran diet includes lots of rice and beans, seafood (particularly among those who live on the coast), and the most common Salvadoran dish, the famous pupusa, a round corn tortilla filled with cheese and other elements, usually chicharon (shredded pork meat). It's widely agreed that the best pupusas in the country can be bought in Olocuilta, which you can get to along the highway on the way to the El Salvador International Airport.

San Salvador

An abundance of cafés and restaurants can be found on Paseo General Escalón, in the Zona Rosa and in shopping malls like Metrocenter and Gran Vía.

San Salvador offers a world-class array of ethnic restaurants ranging from Asian to Peruvian. International cuisines include Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, French and Argentinian. There are also numerous fast-food chains and pupuserias.

One of the best places to sample those culinary offerings is the Boulevard del Hipódromo in the tourist-friendly Zona Rosa district. This stroll-friendly street on the city's west side offers a cluster of restaurants within just a few blocks. Since the city's restaurant scene is growing rapidly, you might want to take a stroll along the Boulevard to find your very own favourite spot.

Among restaurants patronised by expatriates are Alo Nuestro, Paradise, Tony Roma’s, La Pampa, and El Bodegon, for local specialities and continental-style dining. For more informal dining, Guadalajara Grill, Los Cebollines, and Ay Jalisco offer Mexican food; Cuatro Gatti, El Rosal, Tre Fratelli, offer Italian food. For Japanese, there’s Sushi Itto; Dynasty, Chinatown, Restaurant Asia and Hunan offer good-to-excellent Chinese cuisine.





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