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El Pulgarcito

South American, Central American
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5921 Merriam Drive, Shawnee, KS 66203
(913) 384-3887
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Pleased with what we ordered

We ordered carry out, burritos, tacos and pupusas. We were impressed with everything that we had. The prices are more than reasonable and everything was delicious. I highly recommend the pupusas especially if you have never had them. They have a wide variety for all tastes.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 21, 2015
Prairie Village, Kansas
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Prairie Village, Kansas
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130 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We ordered carry out, burritos, tacos and pupusas. We were impressed with everything that we had. The prices are more than reasonable and everything was delicious. I highly recommend the pupusas especially if you have never had them. They have a wide variety for all tastes.

Thank fratwin
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276 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

We love trying new cuisines, so food from El Salvador was right up our alley. I saw all the great reviews about this location but was really disappointed. The restaurant itself had a dirty feel to it. There was food all over the floors and they were dirty. The menu itself was pretty large with plenty of pictures, which helped... More 

Thank gabi_kansas
Shawnee, Kansas
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257 reviews
208 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

I've been wanting to try this restaurant for weeks, since we saw the good reviews. When we arrived early on a Saturday evening for dinner, about half the tables were full. We noticed people coming in the whole time we were there and many were taking out carry-out food. We all ordered different types of pupusas, tacos, and tamales. I... More 

1 Thank CharlieKansasCity
Shawnee, Kansas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Delicious pupusas, chicken and rice, and carne asada with green plantains. No curb appeal or ambiance just delicious, Central American food (small offering of Mexican style foods) in a clean, cafe style restaurant with adequate, friendly service.

Thank SabethaWells
Bartlesville, Oklahoma
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42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

my family thought the pupusas were excellent. not sure about the rest of the menu but i sure some of it is good as well.

Thank wade k
Olathe, Kansas
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104 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 via mobile

We have been talking about going here for a while. Finally we went last night. The exterior and neighborhood are a bit questionable, but the food and the service totally made us forget that. We started with the appetizer combo and it included a tamal (we got pork), fried plantain, fried yucca and another meat filled item. A mild sauce... More 

Thank idealcut O
Sacramento, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

I just moved to the area and was looking for a bite to eat. The other reviews were right, the papusas are amazing! It's a little hole in the wall type joint, very clean though. I was a little confused on the set up, I went up to the counter to order and when I asked what the total was... More 

Thank Haley H
Kansas City, Missouri
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176 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 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... More 

Thank la_cebolla
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206 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 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... More 

Thank okmac
Shawnee, Kansas
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83 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 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!

1 Thank kstravlr_25

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5921 Merriam Drive, Shawnee, KS 66203
  • Location: United States  >  Kansas (KS)  >  Shawnee
  • Phone Number: (913) 384-3887

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: South American, Central American


Open Hours
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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