Our Championship Chow series has been dormant since last season’s appraisal of Peterborough Thai restaurant Yindee, but having branched out beyond the confines of the second echelon, I thought it wouldn’t be wholly inappropriate to make a short excursion across the Atlantic to assess mealtime options with a footballing twist in the Brooklyn borough of Red Hook, even if it’s doubtful that Nicky Southall or Andy Roberts have ever passed this way.
For it’s aside some typically skill laden grassroots footie of a Latin American flavour that a clutch of eateries inspired by that region
have bubbled up like the pimples on a tortilla. For a time at risk from the zoning police, a vigorous campaign saved the tradition back in 2007
, leaving the vendors – Chilean, Salvadoran, Honduran and Colombian (plus points in between) to peddle their pupusas
I opted for the former
– a thick patty stuffed with a cheese and pork mixture and accompanied by more pork (fried and optional), and day-glo pink cabbage. Supremely fresh, it’s enough to banish memories of that 10-1 defeat by Hungary in the 1982 World Cup and a super accompaniment to an afternoon of excellent soccer watching. Game over, a few hundred yards away, beside the docks that inspired On the Waterfront
, one can enjoy key lime pie