East Side Vacation at El Petate

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El Petate has this almost vacation-like feel down, without even seeming to try. Part of it is the food -- all deeply authentic Salvadoran dishes, from the more accessible mainstays like pupusas down to more off-the-beaten-path dishes like chilate y nuegados. And part of it is the cheerful décor, all giant maps and vivid color photos of jungles, which almost serves as a perfunctory travel guide to El Salvador itself. PHOTOS BY TROY FIELDS