The Amayas, four brothers and one sister from El Salvador, own El Tamarindo, in Fort Lauderdale. Left to right (back): Yecson, Alex, and Antonio. Front, Sonia (with churrasco) and Juan, with pescato frito, a whole snapper.

El Tamarindo Cafe 


The cheerful cafe is a taste of home for anyone raised on Latin cuisine, but its roots are firmly planted in El Salvador. Few places serve up the country's signature street snack, pupusas. Here, the griddle-cooked corn tortillas are light and puffy, enveloping red beans, cheese and a mixture of ground pork, garlic, onions and green peppers -- other fillings are loroco (a native flower bud that tastes a little like asparagus) or just cheese or beans. Other highlights include the gumbo-like seafood soup mariscada, churrasco and passionfruit mousse -- with a cool glass of horchata, a cinnamony rice milk, or a bittersweet tamarindo.

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