Ponce City Market Wednesday announced Buenos Dias Cafe has opened a pop-up on the first floor of the Central Food Hall across from Five Daughters Bakery.
From husband-and-wife team Ken and Jeannette Flores-Katz, the concept pays homage to Jeannette’s Salvadoran heritage and specializes in pupusas, corn tortillas stuffed with one or more savory meat, cheese and vegetable fillings.
This week, Buenos Dias Cafe is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and beginning Saturday, June 18, 2022, it’ll be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Next month, the pop-up will add breakfast beginning at 9 a.m.
The Buenos Dias pop-up serves a rotation of made-to-order pupusas — declared the national dish of El Salvador — with traditional flavors and modern twists. Pupusa plates include plantains and casamiento (black beans and rice). Vegan, vegetarian and meat options are available.
Highlights on the menu include The Revuelta (“handown”), a traditional pupusa with Caribe United Farms pork, cheese & black beans, The Classic (black beans & cheese), and The Vegan (spinach masa, black beans, spinach, tricolor peppers, onion & zucchini.)
To drink, they offer coffee drinks like Cafe Con Leche (espresso with steamed milk & sugar), a Colada, Horchata Latte and Cuban coffee, plus fresh-squeezed orange juice, Horchata Refresco, Everything Juice — a blend of fresh fruit and vegetable juices, Mexican Coke and refrescos/agua frescos made with Jamaica (hibiscus), horchata and tamarind.
“We founded Buenos Dias Cafe for the culinary curious and culturally diverse diners,” Jeannette Flores-Katz said in a press release. “In El Salvador, you can find pupuserias everywhere, just like pizzerias are on every corner in New York. Each pupuseria has its own unique flavor. With Buenos Dias, we want to bring this amazing dish to people across Atlanta.”
Established in 2012, Buenos Dias was a staple on Georgia State University’s campus for eight years. The pandemic forced students to head home, and the team closed their cafe. Today, they’re also serving pupusas to go in Atlanta’s Adair Park neighborhood at La Bodega at The Met (680 Murphy Ave SW) and via delivery.