This local pick serves some of Seattle
's best Latin food in the hip Ballard neighborhood. Expect Salvadoran and Central American favorites like empanadas, carne asada, and fried sweet plantains. But to be honest, the pupusas
hog all the glory: palm-size corn or rice tortillas stuffed with fillings like beans, cheese, chorizo, jalapeño, and loroco (the blossom of the Fernaldia pandurata
vine). At under $4 each, two pupusas
make an affordable, waistband-bursting meal when topped with hot sauce and curtido
: a carrot, cabbage, and onion slaw fermented in a spicy brine rich in probiotics. Wash it all down with horchata, Inca Kola, or a bottle of Port Royal from Honduras.