Thursday, August 04, 2005

Hermosa Bakery & Pupuseria

Because Gloria’s doesn’t have a lock on Salvadorean food. Because there’s a surprisingly robust Salvadorean community in the northern territories. And because to know pupusas is to like pupusas: Hermosa Bakery & Pupuseria, all the way up on Parker Road in Plano, family-run (Leoncio & Maribel Campos) open a year, selling sweet breads, millojas (puff pastry w/ meringue), pastelito de carne (meat pies w/ pork and chicken), and finally pupusas, those little stuffed pancakes filled w/ pork, cheese, or the flower-like lorroco.

930 W. Parker Rd. #420 (at Alma), 972-398-6672

29 Comments:

At August 04, 2005 9:31 AM, Anonymous troublemaker said...

Do they have ice cream or espresso drinks? Haha

 
At August 04, 2005 9:51 AM, Blogger Kirk said...

¡Ya sé a donde voy para comér el almuerzo!

 
At August 04, 2005 9:59 AM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

finally, something worth driving to plano for.

 
At August 04, 2005 10:06 AM, Anonymous jess truhart said...

i'm a pupusa fan, too. the quality of the marinated slaw (curtido or curdito?) that comes with them is important. did you sample hermosa's? i gather it is practically in your backyard.

 
At August 04, 2005 10:13 AM, Anonymous charlotte ruse said...

seems like everyone is discovering lorroco these days. i first found it in a salvadorean place in garland a year or so ago. the fact that it's a flower is alluring, but didn't think it had much flavor. most of what we can get here is probably frozen

 
At August 04, 2005 10:37 AM, Anonymous jess truhart said...

have you seen this week's guide reviews and have you heard of a BONE-IN filet mignon or strip? apparently they have both at Chamberlain's

 
At August 04, 2005 10:48 AM, Anonymous Dean said...

Re: Guidelive. Dotty's review is Standard (he he), I still like Chamberlain's, and I loved David Holben's chicken fried lobster I had at Del Frisco's last night.

 
At August 04, 2005 10:53 AM, Anonymous fish fry said...

What was the place up at Preston Ctr, it was a Phil Romano concept I believe, that did that fried-lobster thing? A few years ago. I did not care for it. But lobster is so over-rated.

 
At August 04, 2005 12:26 PM, Blogger Twisted Dog said...

I'VE EATEN A PAPOOSE OR TWO. I JUST LOVE INDIAN FOOD.

 
At August 04, 2005 12:45 PM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

the deep-fried lobster with cheese at arc-en-ceil in garland and caravel in richardson is yummy. and inexpensive.

 
At August 04, 2005 12:58 PM, Anonymous troll said...

i googled the bone-in filet mignon and found several steakhouses that offer it. apparently a new trend. the bone is sort on a L-shape, covering one side and part of another.

 
At August 04, 2005 2:27 PM, Anonymous catahoula 86 said...

guess the twisted mongrel didn't go to korea after all...or maybe they refused to clone him!

 
At August 04, 2005 2:33 PM, Anonymous catahoula 86 said...

probably they wouldn't even have him for dinner

 
At August 04, 2005 4:34 PM, Anonymous red ennk said...

always glad to see a new salvadorean place, but no reason to cast aspersoins on gloria's. havent been to one of them in awhile, but when they first started, the curtido was made with fermented pineapple peels. that might be a hard thing for a chain to keep up, but is their super, excellent flan still super and unmatched?

 
At August 04, 2005 4:44 PM, Blogger Tom Cruise said...

Gloria's isn't all that. I mean, I go on tuesdays, which is gay night, and there's always all these homos around. Does. not. make. Tom. happy.

Plus, If you've ever been to Salvadoria, as I have, you'll know Gloria's is just watered-down tex-mex with some banana leaves thrown in.

 
At August 04, 2005 5:43 PM, Anonymous ms.ery said...

get off it tom. gloria's is a real success story for gloria and jose fuentes, salvadorean refugees who went thru lots of lean years before they were discovered. glad to see other people follow them, but it doesn't take away from what they accomplished. remember, they served us pupusas when we didn't know how to eat them (which some people still don't).

 
At August 04, 2005 5:45 PM, Anonymous charlotte ruse said...

dean: is david holben really at del frisco's? seems such a waste.

 
At August 04, 2005 6:01 PM, Blogger Tom Cruise said...

Good for LaLa and Juan, but I don't eat out of pity and don't praise for novelty. I was born fairly middle-class but tugged on my Donald J Pliners and became a movie star - the greatest ever. It wasn't very hard.

 
At August 04, 2005 6:59 PM, Anonymous Dean said...

Yes Charlotte, he is. I think it's been about 6 months or so since he left Culpepper.

 
At August 04, 2005 10:52 PM, Anonymous peanut gallery said...

If I may venture an opinion: Gloria's made me sick last year (and maybe you know what kind of sick I'm talking about - not just a tummy-ache) and I haven't gone back since. I don't see any sense in eating somewhere that makes you sick.

 
At August 05, 2005 5:27 AM, Anonymous red ennk said...

peanut gallery: you are being too vague. how sick? food poisoning sick? from what? and does your getting ill once turn a 20-year-old business into "somewhere that makes you sick"?

 
At August 05, 2005 8:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of getting sick, if you look at the food inspection scores, most of the low scoring, or failing grade places are crappy little asian and mexican places.

 
At August 05, 2005 9:22 AM, Anonymous d.b. cooper said...

i've seen some restaurant kitchen, particularly asian, that might keep me from returning -- if the food wasn't so good. you just need to build up your resistance, which you can't do on a white bread-starbucks diet

 
At August 05, 2005 9:40 AM, Anonymous Dick Phalluson said...

Hey Tom... if you hang out in Rome, you are going to bump into Italians.

Try the Gloria's in Addison, where you'll bump into bimbos just like Katie, or the one in Oak Cliff (that's Cliff, Tom, not Lawn) where you'll bump into bimbos like Penelope.

Take your skivvies beyond loop 12.

 
At August 05, 2005 10:55 AM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

Those look yummy (following the cookbooks 101 link). I need to find out if we have any Salvadorean places round here.

 
At August 05, 2005 11:14 AM, Blogger TG said...

capt., i'm a big fan of that 101 cookbooks site - she always does interesting things and has a nice writing style. has won blog awards, too

 
At August 27, 2005 5:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tried Hermosa Bakery recently and I was impressed. Their menu includes fried plantain bananas with crema, the native Salv. Tamales, bistec, and more. They have a cool plate, Usulutan especial (named after the owners place of birth) that includes 2 pupusas (on which you can select from 4 types of pupusas), fried plantains with their crema, and a tamale. It all was really good, including the curtido. The Horchata was the best that I have ever had, ever, on this side of the border at least. To top it off, their FLAN was AWESOME. I will return, often, not just because of the food, but for their pan dulce. The have a really good variety of bread, Salvadorean and Mexican. Nothing against Gloria's, but they have steered off in to the Tex-Mex from their original concept. That is what made them big. I strongly recommend Hermosa Bakery & Pupuseria.

 
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