Editor, Manteca Bulletin,
Manteca has some great family-run restaurants, but in these times challenging rents make for more chain restaurant monotony than successful family enterprises. This being said, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that a new family-owned restaurant has opened in the west end of the Orchard Supply shopping center. And this time, another ethnicity is proudly represented.
Hugo’s Cafe and Pupuseria serves the food of El Salvador, a small Central American country sandwiched between Guatemala and Honduras on the Pacific Ocean. I stopped in on Saturday morning as one of the owners was cleaning the windows and she was happy to share information about the cuisine - take-out menus will arrive this week.
We ordered take-out for dinner, delicious pupusas which are thick, handmade corn tortillas stuffed with cheese, beans, meats or vegetables, accompanied by refried beans, rice, cabbage salad and two hot sauces. It was flavorful, unique and inexpensive. The family could not have been more welcoming. Like many of us, I have been frustrated by the short lifespan of small businesses, while the chains remain, marketed by their corporate parents as what the family-run restaurants really are. Give Hugo’s, and all of our authentic home cooking here in town a try.
May 23, 2010