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Monday, September 28, 2009

Everybody Knows About Elsy's Pupusas, But the Off-Menu Fried Chicken is To Die For

Posted By on Mon, Sep 28, 2009 at 2:57 PM

click to enlarge Look beyond the Salvadoran food for awesomely crisp and juicy chicken. - M. LADD
  • M. Ladd
  • Look beyond the Salvadoran food for awesomely crisp and juicy chicken.
Just when SFoodie humbly thought we had the Mission covered, Elsy's Restaurant (2893 Mission at 25th St.) threw us for a serious, hungry loop. Elsy's is well known for especialidades Salvadorenas: pupusas, huevos dishes, yuca con chicharron (manioc root with fried pork), and bistek of sirloin with tomatoes, herbs, and spices.

click to enlarge One of the Mission's best-kept secrets? - M. LADD
  • M. Ladd
  • One of the Mission's best-kept secrets?

You can see tortillas and pupusas being made by hand near the griddle, day and night. There is more to be had, but you won't find it if you don't ask -- off-the-menu fried chicken may be the true star at Elsy's. Each deep-fried piece ($1.25) is a perfect combination of juicy, tender, tasty and crisp. A to-go order of 16 pieces will feed a crowd of eight. Although, on second thought, we dare you to try and eat just one piece without crying for more.

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