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5921 Merriam Drive, Shawnee, KS 66203
(913) 384-3887
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Ranked #3 of 102 Restaurants in Shawnee
Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Central American
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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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17 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
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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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108 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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95 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 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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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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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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Kansas City, MO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

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

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Additional Information about El Pulgarcito

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

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