Owensboro’s Latin American restaurant population continues to grow with the recent opening of Pupuseria, serving authentic Salvadorian food. With the help of her family, Jennifer Hernandez opened Pupuseria Salvadorena El Buen Pastor this summer, with a menu featuring from-scratch Central American cuisine accentuated by fresh pupusas.
Pupusas are made of a thick corn tortilla and stuffed with an assortment of savory fillings, including beef, pork, cheese, beans, vegetables, and more. Salvadorans treasure the authentic street-food dish and typically serve it with curtido, a cabbage relish with carrots, onions, garlic, and spices.
Hernandez communicated that Salvadorans view the dish as comfort food and often use it for celebrations.
“In my country, on the weekends, everyone is looking for tamales, pupusas, and soup,” Hernandez said. “We have something for everyone here.”
The restaurant is located at 3600 Frederica Street in the same shopping center as St. Camillus Urgent Care and Family practice. The menu also boasts various caldos or soups, locally favored birria tacos, carne asada, and more.
El Salvador is south of Mexico and positioned between Guatemala and Honduras, bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west. The cuisine is heavily influenced by Native American traditions and the surrounding regions.
The Hernandezes are delighted to call Owensboro home and grateful for the continued support.
“We have all different types of people coming here, and we like that,” Hernandez said. “We have served several locals and people from Asia, Mexico, and all over. This community has been great to us.”
The Hernandezes promote a family and welcoming atmosphere, encouraging patrons to try everything on the menu.