Flipping through Saveur the other day, I noticed that after Mexico, El Salvador sends the highest number of emigrants to Los Angeles. Seattle is no Los Angeles. But, North Broadway has a couple of Mexican restaurants (the under appreciated Galerias and noisy La Puerta) already.
So, it’s fitting that Salvodoran food finally gains some representation in the area. In April 2010, the pedestrian mall at 219 Broadway (home to Table 219, Kimchi Bistro and Hana) will also house the second outpost of Guanaco’s Tacos Pupuseria.
We spoke to Eduardo Revelo, a member of the family that runs the business, and he confirmed that he hopes to open this second outlet of Guanaco’s Tacos by mid-April. He said that the Capitol Hill location will differ from the University District location in having a bigger kitchen and offering more entrees at dinner. As with the University District location, vegetarian items will be marked clearly on the menu. He plans to be open daily from 11 am to 10 pm and plans to sell beer and wine. He also promises more desserts.
Dumpling Dojo officially opens for business today. They will be open daily at 5:30 pm (closed on Mondays) and will stay open till 10 pm on weekdays or 11 pm on weekends – or until they sell out of their dumplings. They had a soft opening late last week (thanks Quazie) but are now fully open to the public. You can take a look at Quazie’s menu photo for an idea of the seven dumplings on offer (six in wrappers and one is a gnudi “naked” noodle soup). Note that the menu is subject to change and also a bit blurry. Uyen states that she is looking to see which dumplings are most popular: “I’m trying to see which ones are most favorable. I’ll keep the popular ones on my core menu and rotate the others, so it’s likely there will not be as many each night. They are very labor intensive and when you sell 5 to an order time that’s several hundreds if not thousands of dumplings made by hand. I have a small staff and can only work them so hard until there palms are bruised from rolling dough or fingers cramped from folding.” Remember that this is a temporary location for Dumpling Dojo – they will have to move out in a few months to make room for Bank of America. So, if you are close by, give them a try – while they are still conveniently on Broadway.