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El Pulgarcito

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

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Lots of Food for the Price

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 8, 2015
CharlieKansasCity
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Shawnee, Kansas
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KC
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182 reviews 182 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 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 

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Shawnee, Kansas
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176 restaurant reviews
130 helpful votes 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 

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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.

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Bartlesville, Oklahoma
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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.

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Olathe, Kansas
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62 reviews 62 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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 

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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 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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112 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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 

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Top Contributor
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101 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 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 

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Shawnee, Kansas
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69 reviews 69 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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!

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Clever
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 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... More 

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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: Central American
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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