Lunch at Chaparro’s


A lot of things have come and gone from the building at the corner of West Street and Beaver Street. It was one of those spaces where businesses just seemed to struggle. Well, we think the struggle is long gone.

Chaparro’s Latin Family Restaurant has brought new life to the building. Fresh paint, a colorful, clean and cheery interior, friendly staff and good food – it’s a winning combination.

Elmer Palma, owner of Elmer’s Diner on Padanaram Road, opened Chaparro’s in 2013 with a longtime friend. And yes, it’s taken us this long to get there. It was on our list to try and now it’s on our list of places to go back to.

Instead of going for a big meal we had hear good things about the pupusas and wanted to see what they were all about. A pupusa is a traditional Salvadoran dish made of a thick, handmade corn tortilla that’s usually filled with things like: cheese, cooked pork meat ground to a paste consistency, refried beans, etc. They are usually served with curtido, a lightly fermented cabbage slaw with red chilies and vinegar.

We chose one filled with cheese and one filled with chicharron (fried pork skin). They were delightful. The cheese was gooey and the chicharron was savory and flavorful. The curtido was SO good. We loved the hint of chilies and (we think) the fresh pop of oregano. It was refreshing and was a nice compliment to the heavier nature of the pupusas.

We definitely plan on going back to Chaparro’s and exploring the extensive menu.

Chaparro’s is located at 123 West St. in Danbury. They are open Sunday through Thursday from 7am to 10pm and on Friday and Saturday from 7am to 11pm. Credit cards accepted.