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13 November 2018

Marina Restaurant

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The busy business district of Jamaica Queens between Hillside Avenue and the LIRR tracks has so much swirling around that it is hard to call it an enclave of any one type of people. South Asians and Caribbeans make themselves known with many shops and restaurants, but in the past ten years a growing population of Central Americans has also led to a number of new Guatemalan, Honduran and Salvadoran eateries.

Marina Restaurant is a Salvadoran spot and is one of the longest running during this time, around for the better part of the decade. I finally had the chance to stop by for breakfast recently and found the atmosphere warm and welcoming.


The namesake desayuno marina ($7.95, above) is a good sampler, arriving with two cheese-filled pupusas, a portion of casamiento (rice and beans cooked together), a tiny sausage and block of cheese. A small bowl of pickled cabbage curtido arrives before everything no matter what you order, but use generously with your pupusas.

Alternatively, Marina also sells the donut-like nuegados, deep fried and sweetened balls of corn flour dough. Traditionally these are enjoyed with chilate, a roasted corn and cocoa drink that can be spiced in many ways. Since technically breakfast time had long passed, I was in the mood for a licuado de guanabana ($3, below).


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