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“Great authentic place for lunch!”
Review of Dona Sofia Papusas y Tacos - CLOSED

Dona Sofia Papusas y Tacos
Cuisines: Central American
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Reviewed April 7, 2014 via mobile

I had beautifully carmelized sweet platanos and pupusas for a late lunch. Pork and cheese and bean and cheese pupusas which were delicious and wonderfully filling with the requisite cabbage slaw and salsa - yum! Enough for leftovers which will make my husband happy.
The owner came to my table - Doña Sofia (Myrna), a very sweet woman! We talked about her late mother whose pictures are on the restaurant's wall.
Very casual place and relaxing. Looking forward to going back!

Thank Debi M
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Reviewed February 17, 2014

Dona Sofia Pupusas y Tacos has become quite the draw for local foodies, and immigrants from Latin America looking for an authentic taste of home, particularly for its pupusas, a traditional Salvadoran dish.

Pupusas are thick, hand-made corn tortillas stuffed with a variety of fillings, including cheese, that are grilled and then served with both a red and a green hot sauce and curtido (a type of cole slaw) on the side, used as a topping.

On a cold, snowy afternoon I walked in and was primed for some warm comfort food and the pupusas did not disappoint. I got one with beans and cheese, another with pork and cheese (my favorite), and a third with cheese and loroco, the bud of a Central American flowering vine that had a tangy vegetal bite to it, a bit like an oversized caper. All of that food and a bottle of spring water to wash it down set me back only $6.50 - now that's a value meal. The typical cheese used in pupusas in quesillo, a soft Central American cheese with a low melting point that spreads nicely inside the tortilla and envelopes the other ingredients in a warm, chewy cheese base, sort of like a stuffed pizza but not at all greasy.

Table service was prompt and friendly with an engaging server fluent in English, although I appeared to be the only one there not speaking Spanish. Dona Sofia offers an interesting array of Latin American sodas in intriguing tropical flavors like pineapple, as well as beer and wine.

The walls of the restaurant are painted a brilliant royal blue and have a photo tribute to Dona Sofia, who, sadly, passed away in 2013, include a series showing her making pupusas. There's Latin American music on the sound system, flat screen TVs showing both Spanish language news and soccer matches, and a dance floor, empty at lunch time but no doubt a big draw on Friday and Saturday nights when the restaurant is open until 1 a.m. and hosts Spanish language karaoke.

In addition to pupusas and tacos - which include some fillings rarely found at chain Mexican restaurants, like beef tongue - the menu also offers numerous other items, including burritos, quesadillas, tamales, sandwiches, and some intriguing sounding soups and desserts. Most menu choices are less than $10 (single pupusas range from $1.75 to $2.25 depending on the filling) and the most expensive dish is the plato mixto of grilled steak, chicken, and shrimp, at $14.99.

I'll definitely be back to work my way through the rest of the menu. At prices and quality like this, you can take an inexpensive and authentic culinary trip to El Salvador and Mexico right in downtown Framingham.

Note: TripAdvisor is still listing the restaurant at its old Waverly Street address, but it's now located in a much larger space about a half mile away, at 40 Concord Street.

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Reviewed February 13, 2014

My favorite plate in this restaurant are the big burritos. Tasty, sober, and big. The Orchata, a drink you might not get anywhere else, is amazing. Great family place.

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Thank Ivan G
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

It is not much to look at, but the pupusas are worth the trip. The papusas and tacos are delicious and cheap! It has a funky selection of Latin American sodas too. We stuffed ourselves for less than $9 each, including beverages.

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Thank rangers93-94
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

There are several things on the menu (tacos, quesadillas, burritos, etc.) but the pupusas are the reason to go here. They are made fresh, come with a variety of fillings (my favorite is black bean and cheese), come out piping hot, are served with an amazing red sauce and curtido, and are so cheap ($1.75 to $2.25 each). Three pupusas with red sauce and curtido is a hearty, homey lunch or dinner for around $6.

Thank lsorafine
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