Tacos Lupita (CLOSED - now Aguacate Verde)
13 Elm Street, Somerville, MA 02143
Contrary to popular belief, the phrase "You get what you pay for" does not always hold true. Indeed, sometimes the best food can also be the least expensive. Take the extraordinary Tacos Lupita, which is located in a mostly working-class part of Somerville near Porter and Davis Squares (Tacos Lupita also has locations in Lynn, Haverhill, and Lawrence, by the way). Believe it or not, you can get a satisfying meal at this tiny Central American restaurant and actually receive change from a five-dollar bill.
Tacos Lupita specializes in El Salvadorean cuisine, a rare food indeed in the Boston area. The restaurant is pretty much a hole in the wall with a few tables, a TV, and a counter where you order. Don't be put off by the lack of atmosphere, though; the food here is truly special. Included on the menu are gorditas, a thick, fried tortilla with cheese and a choice of other fillings, and mulitas, which are similar to gorditas, but a bit tastier than the gorditas. More familiar items such as tacos and burritos can also be ordered here. And don't forget the rice and beans; the rice is particularly fine.
El Salvadorean food is generally very simple, which isn't a bad thing. The combination of corn tortilla, cheese, and steak (or pork or chicken) is mouth-watering, and in many ways the ultimate comfort food. Whether you do takeout or grab a seat under the TV, it is a sure bet that once you try Tacos Lupita, you will fall in love with the food. It might just be the best five dollars you will have spent.
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