La Macarena Pupuseria

Our Story



Manny and Isabel1Our family recognized a lack and demand for premium, delicate home-style Central American cuisine in New Orleans. La Macarena was created to satisfy that need and was founded pre-Katrina in 2003 in a tiny storefront at the finish line of Williams Blvd. in Kenner. The 20 seat eatery was the first ever Pupuseria on the East bank and featured a limited number of premium dishes from El Salvador, including the namesake pupusas.

    In the summer of 2008, our family had an opportunity to open a location in the Uptown area and we inaugurated our second store with the concept Pupuseria & Latin Café.  La Macarena is honored to be the very first Latin American themed restaurant in the Riverbend.

    The kitchen’s executive chef Isabel Ochoa-Galvez, a first generation immigrant from El Salvador whose first job in the Crescent City was at K&B, St. Charles.  Since childhood she showed keen interest and talent for all things culinary.  She learned most of her recipes from her mother Eva, 89 now living in El Salvador – whom to this date shops the local markets in San Salvador to buy indigenous spices that are used in the preparation of customer favorites such as pupusas, the fabulous and velvety horchata drink – a secret family recipe passed down four generations.  Isabel has traveled and incorporated various cooking techniques from Italy, Portugal & Spain.

    Both the interior and exterior of the restaurant were designed by Manny Ochoa-Galvez, he used rich tropical vibrant colors typical of the “aldeas” and “cantons” of the countryside villages in El Salvador.  The décor is Latin-modern; primitive yet stylish.  The ambiance is informal and laid back.  He selected ultra white Scandinavian designed dinner-ware that serves as a “canvas” to showcase the colorful and fragrant works of food art that emerge from the kitchen.  A plethora of many music genres are played, ranging from salsa to Latin style lounge music and Spanish metro funk to name a few.

An Important Message About Credit Cards

    Our family serves the best our hands and hearts have to offer. We’re a small family run establishment that provides the comfort (or craziness) of your own family.

    We certainly have the authenticity and original recipes you won’t find elsewhere. As a small business, we wish to serve you our creations at the lowest possible price. We do not receive the breaks given to corporate-style (volume) restaurants. Credit card companies hold our funds for days and take almost 4% when they’re finally returned to us. Please understand that by accepting cash only, we are also thinking of you – our valued patrons.

    We provide an ATM for your convenience. Local checks with address, drivers license number and phone number provided will be gladly accepted.