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“Heaven in a papusa”
Review of El Pulgarcito

El Pulgarcito
Ranked #29 of 122 Restaurants in Shawnee
Cuisines: Central American
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Kansas City, Missouri
Level 6 Contributor
229 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Heaven in a papusa”
Reviewed 26 October 2013

Delicious. Delicious. Delicious. I had a pork and cheese papusa and a pork tamale which was plenty of food. They serve coleslaw with a little kick to put on the papusa. Small diner type of environment. It's not fancy but the food is wonderful. Lots of juices to choose from like mango and pineapple. Very good cheap eats. My bill was under $6 and I left full. Don't be afraid to try the papusas. That is the best thing there. For those that have never had a papusa and scared to order one, they have some typical Mexican food like tacos and stuff, but why would you want that when you can get heaven in a papusa? Easy to find but you'd never even notice the place just driving by. Going south on I-35, exit on Johnson Drive. Turn right on Johnson to go west. Go across the railroad tracks and take the first left. It's just a short half block or so. Blue building on the left. Go there. It's worth the drive.

  • Visited October 2013
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English first
Level 6 Contributor
320 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
“Pupusa paradise”
Reviewed 23 January 2013

For those looking for authentic Salvadorean cuisine, look no further.

The pupusas are not only LARGE, but quite tasty, fresh and true-to-form. The fried plaintains with beans and crema are also a welcome treat and the corn tamale's sweetness takes me back to the street vendors in Antigua Cuzcatlan.

Definitely a value for the money. Great juices, too, try the maracuya (or passion fruit), which is sweet and delightful.

I have not tried the mexican fare, so I won't comment, but the salvadorean cuisine is great and consistent, as I have been twice in the last month.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank okmac
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Shawnee, Kansas
Level 5 Contributor
90 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Intriguing Place”
Reviewed 23 October 2012

Interesting food. Salvadorean. A simple restaurant with very good food. Love the spicy cabbage as a condiment. The chicken tamales are probably my favorite. Try it and I think you will like it if you are at all an adventourous eater!

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Clever
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Pupusa Heaven”
Reviewed 5 September 2012

I get so tired of "authentic Mexican" restaurants, and when I found this hole-in-the-wall on Urbanspoon, I was excited to try it. It is not a "Mexican" restaurant, although the menu does have a section dedicated to more traditional plates in Mexican restaurants. It's a Latin American dining experience, and it's one I won't forget! I took the advice of the reviews and ordered a pupusa (along with a tamale). I got the mixed pupusa, which had beans, pork, and cheese in it. It was served with a cabbage mixture dressed with salt, vinegar, and oregano. The pupusa by itself was delicious, but when I topped it with the cabbage and a little salsa, it was divine. The tamale was excellent as well, but I cannot stop my cravings for another pupusa. I am definitely returning here! Please don't pass El Pulgarcito by!

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank Sara S
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Kansas City, MO
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“Yummy Pupusas!”
Reviewed 18 April 2012

The pupusas here are very authentic! The atmosphere is like being in a latin american restaurant! Certainly not a typical american restaurant!

  • Visited December 2011
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Thank Autumn M
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