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(Covid Update Dec 2021 – in business) 1120 South Broad has changed owners several times in the past 5 or 6 years. However, the cook seems to be the same, because the same outstanding pupusas have been served throughout. Just to add to the potential for confusion, the storefront still carries the signage from the previous owner, Pique y Pase, not the current owners, “Two Flags Restaurants”. The menu shows the current owners’ logo, which consists of the US and Ecuadoran flags side by side. Of course, Ecuador is South American, while the menu appears largely Central American. Consistency is not one of Trenton’s strongest suits.
Still, the pupusas are outstanding. They come in 3 varieties: Cheese, cheese and black beans, or cheese and pork. The first two are vegetarian, the last obviously not. In particular, the black bean filling is superb.
The pupusas arrive with nary a glimmer of excess oil on their perfectly grilled exteriors. The fillings are hot and runny, the salsa rojo is excellent, and the curtido is slightly sour, like a cross between sauerkraut and cole slaw.
I haven’t eaten anything else here recently, but I trust that any cook who can make such excellent pupusas won’t have trouble with grilled meats or other typical central American fare.