Panadería Cuscatleca in Pico Union makes traditional pan dulces, hot breakfasts, and other baked goods from Mexico, El Salvador, and Guatemala (along with plenty of vegan-friendly options). The family-owned spot is best known for their not-so-vegan but beautifully golden brown quesadillas - a Salvadoran pound cake that’s super light, semi-sweet, and mildly salty from the recipe’s parmesan cheese, which really helps bring out the cake’s sweetness before you aggressively dunk it in your 8am coffee. Plant-based visitors can instead enjoy the vegan semita de piña, which is a soft square cake with a flaky top and a sweet pineapple filling, or a plate of all-corn tamales that get gently fried and then plated with silky refried beans and a vegan Salvadoran sour cream we’d happily drench anything in, sweet or savory.
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