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El Cuscatleco – a little taste of Mexico in Upper Darby

It was a hot day in beautiful Upper Darby and I’m heading down Garrett Road in my blue minivan toward the subway terminal. Two fortuitous things happened at once: (1) a new restaurant –  and even better (2) a parking spot with money on the meter.

I parked in front of this little place that opened about 2 months ago called “El Cuscatleco” which means something in Spanish… I just have no idea what and didn’t ask. The restaurant is rather sparse and specializes in Salvadorian and Mexican food. The woman who owns it sure didn’t spend money on the décor, but the food is definitely not from your local Taco Bell!

The wait was minimal, especially since I was the only one in the place. We had a little problem with the language as they didn’t speak English and I don’t speak Spanish, but nothing stands between me and my lunch.

I ended up with two Pupasas. It’s a Salvadorean appetizer which is a thick pancaked- size tortilla filled with cheese plus a side of cabbage salad. The sauce on the salad would put hair on a bald guy.  All in all, it wasn’t bad. Will this place survive? I have no idea, but I’m willing to give it another shot. They have Honduran specials at night, but I need to take someone who speaks Spanish with me. Definitely won’t be my wife.


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