Written By Gabriel Castrillon, Assistant Editor
Looking for somewhere to grab a quick bite in Sherman? Look no further than La Placita– a local family restaurant that serves traditional Salvadorian cuisine as well as Mexican and Salvadorian street food.
The restaurant, located in a repurposed and redecorated gas station, was founded in 2007 by Vitoria Menjivar and her son Walter, aided by her four other sons. Before opening the restaurant, Vitoria made Salvadorian pupusas for friends and family, using the money to put Walter through college. After he graduated, Walter saw an opportunity to start a family business and give back to his mother, and opened the restaurant with the help of his brothers.
La Placita is a popular spot for AC students and has every right to be. It’s close to campus (about an eight-minute drive), relatively inexpensive, and extremely delicious. As an added plus, the food comes with chips, salsa, and curtido (a type of cabbage relish, similar to a slaw), which pairs nicely with a pupusa or taco. If you’re not in the mood for a meal, they also offer deserts, pastries, and an assortment of Latin American snacks.
Although pupusas– stuffed corn tortillas filled with pork, beans, cheese, and other fillings– are the most popular item on the menu, La Placita also serves tacos, quesadillas, and tamales. Everything on the menu is made from scratch, giving the food a unique character and charm. Their tortillas are especially tasty; they’re handmade Salvadorian-style and are thicker and fluffier than corn tortillas you’ll find anywhere else.
So, if you’re looking for a new restaurant to try, or just haven’t been to La Placita yet, you should stop by. You’ll be supporting a local family business and eat some unique and amazing food while you’re at it. You can visit La Placita at 1015 W. Houston St. Monday through Saturday, or check them out on Facebook or Instagram.