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Posted by Nicolle Valladares, guest blogger of Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism

More than 140 languages are spoken in Massachusetts, a testament to the diverse population of residents who represent cultures from around the world.

Central Americans, who trace their Latino roots to seven different countries—Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Belize and El Salvador — are among the most vibrant communities in the Bay State.   The prevailing spirit of Central Americans can be captured in the staple dishes of each country.  Not to be confused with Mexican or South American cuisine, Central American dishes as a whole have taken their own consistency, with some regional differences.

The cuisine of Central America features a strong reliance on indigenous foods like corn (maize), beans, peppers, squash and tomatoes. Red meats and poultry are more prevalent in the interior regions whereas in coastal regions you will find more seafood on breakfast and dinner plates.

Central American Cuisine has been substantially influenced by the ingredients and flavor preferences of other cultures such as Caribbean, Asian, Indian and of course, Spanish.

To get a taste of Central American cuisine, we’ve put together a selection of restaurants that offer an amazing array of culinary delights.  Here are ten authentic Central American eateries you’ll enjoy.

 

Greater Boston:

Mi Pueblito

333 Border St, Boston, MA 02128

Mi Pueblito serves up Salvadorean and Guatemalan dishes, with an extensive breakfast menu full of traditional Central American breakfasts all paired with plátanos (plantains).

Photo of Mi Pueblito Orient Heights - Boston, MA, United States. Pupusas

Pueblo Viejo Pupuseria & Mexican Grill

170 Marion St, Boston, MA 02128

Pueblo Viejo offers all the traditional dishes of El Salvador including pupusas, chicharrón, refried beans and loroco (a vine flower bud native to Central America)

Catrachos International Restaurant

140 Broadway, Chelsea, MA 02150

Named after the classic Honduran dish, Catrachos International provides customers with a taste of Honduras. Enjoy authentic Honduran breakfasts including a variety of baleadas.

El Santaneco Restaurant

24 5th St, Chelsea, MA 02150

El Santaneco Restaurant offers Salvadorian and Latin America home style food including carne asada, mojarra frita and pupusas.

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La Posada

505 Medford St, Somerville, MA 02145

La Posada offers a mix of Latin American food with a modern twist alongside authentic dishes including authentic pupusas, traditional dishes, and homemade desserts and juices.

 

 

Around the State:

El Comalito

460 West St, Amherst, MA 01002

El Comalito features Salvadorian food based on family recipes. Be sure to try the homemade pupusas (thick handmade corn flour tortillas stuffed with cheese) and other Salvadorian dishes.

SWEET FRIED PLANTAINS WITH SOUR CREAM AND REFRIED PINTO BEANS

 Girasol Central American Food  

313 Littleton Rd, Chelmsford, MA 01824

Girasol Central American Food offers authentic home-cooked Central American Food with an El Salvadorian flair. The food draws inspiration from several Central American countries.

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Los Antojitos  

45 North Washington Street, North Attleboro, MA 02760

Los Antojitos offers a diverse menu of classic Central American dishes such as pupusas, horchata, and yucca con chicharron, plus a variety of vegetarian and vegan options.

Photo of Los Antojitos Restaurant & Bar - North Attleborough, MA, United States. Street Tacos

Mi Tierra- Waltham

585 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453

Mi Tierra is a small family-owned restaurant that has serves authentic Guatemalan and Salvadorian food. Also, almost the entire menu is gluten-free and it offers a variety of vegetarian options.

Photo of Mi Tierra - Waltham, MA, United States. Guacamole tostadas

Hacienda Don Juan  

875 Main St, Worcester, MA 01610

Offering a little piece of Central America in Worcester, Hacienda Don Juan serves up Mexican & Salvadorian dishes. Some menu highlights include pupusas, Mar y Tierra, and Trio Chalateco.

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Want to make your own Central American dishes? Here are some Latin grocery stores full of authentic Central American staples.

Teresa’s Market

 571 Washington St, Brighton, MA 02135

Tesoros Supermarket

80 Hollis St, Framingham, MA 01702

Tropical Foods

 450 Melnea Cass Blvd, Roxbury, MA 02119

La Internacional Foods Corporation

318 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

La Chapincita Market

424 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453

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