Long time farmers market El Salvador food truck Selena's Salvadorian Food quietly opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant at 2513 N. Campbell Ave., which previously housed Desert Island Eatery.
Inside the restaurant, owner Luis Gonzalez greets customers and handles front-of-the-house operations. Tables feature miniature El Salvador flags, while full size flags hang on the wall alongside rural village paintings.
The restaurant, appropriately named Selena's Salvadorian Restaurant, features a variety of pupusas from which the food truck developed a following.
A pupusa is a corn flatbread about the thickness of your finger. In El Salvador, they are stuffed with ingredients such as cheese, loroco buds, beans, and chicharrón (pork). They are topped with a lightly fermented slaw (curtido) and a spicy tomato salsa.
The restaurant's menu features a variety of other dishes from El Salvador as well, such as tamales, caldo de res, yuca con chicharrón, panes rellenos, platanano fritos, and pastelitos.
The menu also features assorted soft drinks, teas, and seasonal aguas frescas. The current Ensalada agua fresca features cashew fruit, mango, pineapple, green apple, red apple, and watercress.
Operating hours at the restaurant are 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sundays, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday - Friday, and 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturdays. The stand is open at the Rillito Park Farmers Market from 8 a.m. - noon on Sundays.
Selena's Salvadorian Restaurant is located at 2513 N. Campbell Ave. Keep up with Selena's Salvadorian Restaurant on Facebook.
Jackie Tran is a Tucson-based food writer, photographer, culinary educator, and owner-chef of the food truck Tran's Fats. Although he...