by: Photo By - Restaurant owner Carlos Giron is originally from El Salvador.

   Local residents can now get a taste of Central American food at the new Salvadoran restaurant, Pupuseria y Restaurante Salvadore¤o, which opened Dec. 22 in downtown Madras.
   This is a first business venture for Carlos Giron, who has lived in Madras for 18 years, working at Bright Wood Corp. and Seaswirl Boats.
   After the Seaswirl boat factory closed, Giron said, "Me and my brothers thought about opening this restaurant." His family is all from El Salvador and the food is prepared by his sister and sister-in-law.
   Inside the tidy restaurant, pictures of the food items are shown above the counter, for those not familiar with Salvadorian food.
   "Our cooking is different from Mexican food," Giron noted.
   Some of the specialties include mouthwatering "pupusas," thick homemade tortillas stuffed with cheese and tomato; "tamales Salvadoreanos" which are wrapped in banana leaves; "yuca," a traditional dish of yuca (cassava root) cooked with pork and vegetables; "pasteles Salvadore¤os," little pie turnovers stuffed with chicken, potato and tomato, and "empa¤adas," a dessert of plantains stuffed with sweet cream.
   Three Mexican items, tacos, burritos and tortas, are also offered for customers wanting those foods.
   Located in the former liquor store building, at 129 S.E. Fifth St., Madras, Pupuseria y Restaurante Salvadore¤o is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., every day except Monday. Call in your orders to go at 475-0338.
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