El Pulgarcito Salvadorean Restaurant

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  • 5/5 Star Rating.

Based on 1 Rating

12134 Pacific Highway SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
(253) 582-5173

Latin American
Beer and Wine Only, Credit Cards Accepted, Take-out
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The Review

Reviewed by: Jake and Jason de Paul

Salvadoran cuisine is often lumped with that of Mexico. It shouldn’t be. It’s mild and sweet, not wickedly spicy, and more Caribbean than anything.  There is a strong reliance in the kitchen on staples like corn, beans, and tomatoes — plus, being close to the sea, fish.  

You’ll also find Spanish influence as well.

El Pulgarcito, a Salvadoran restaurant on Pacific Highway in Lakewood, offers a tasty tour of El Salvador.  Pupusas are a way of life — stuffed pockets of masa dough with fillings like pork crackling or a flower bud called loroco — and the bisteck encebollado here, which is thin steak with onion and green pepper in a red sauce, is to die for.  We also enjoyed the deep fried tilapia; however, it took a little time to adjust to the head and tail still on staring up at us.

The Salvadoran restaurant moved into the larger space next door — tripling its size.


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  • 5/5 Star Rating.

Mary Lou Morehouse said on Feb. 03, 2012 at 9:52pm

My husband discovered this restaurant when we were stationed at Fort Lewis, WA. We ate there 2 to 3 times a week. Fantastic food, our favorite was the Carne Asada Burritos and the Papusas with lots of our favorite hot sauce made with Anaheim Chilies. We miss it! Try it you will love it as we do!

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