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Now open in Lakewood – another pupuseria from El Pulgarcito

Post by Sue Kidd / The News Tribune on April 29, 2014 at 3:07 pm | No Comments »
May 2, 2014 5:47 pm
Pupusas are a Salvadorean dish served at just a few South Sound restaurants.
Pupusas are a Salvadoran dish served at just a few South Sound restaurants. File photo 2011. Janet Jensen/Staff photographer

On the edge of Lakewood’s Korean dining district is a new addition – from El Salvador.

El Pulgarcito, the popular pupuseria on Pacific Highway Southwest in Lakewood, has opened an outpost next to O-bok, the Korean tablestop barbecue restaurant, and the former Olive Bakery on South Tacoma Way. The Salvadoran menu is identical to the original Lakewood location, a come-as-you-are family restaurant serving pupusas, bistek encebollado, carne guisado and yuca frita.  (Tip: Go there for breakfast).

A pupusa with curtido at El Pulgarcito I in Lakewood.
A pupusa with curtido at El Pulgarcito I in Lakewood.

Expect a duplicate menu at the new outpost. El Pulgarcito III  is in the former home of Sushi Kinja.

El Pulgarcito III Lakewood
For the uninitiated, think of pupusas as the delightful relative of mulitas, only with slow-cooked meats, cheese or veggies stuffed into a flat disc that’s griddled until it’s a hot, melty mess. Pupusas come with a side of curtido, an oregano-flecked fermented cabbage condiment that’s the Salvadoran equivalent of pico.

El Pulgarcito 1: 12134 Pacific Highway S.W., Lakewood; 253-582-5173
El Pulgarcito III: 8534 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood; 253-582-2212
(There’s also an El Pulgarcito in Lacey)

Lakewood’s Pupuseria La Usuluteca has closed, but you can still find pupusas in Federal Way.

Also coming  to South Tacoma Way is IMG_20140425_183812Daewon Garden, a Korean restaurant. It’s where Arigato used to operate at 9312 South Tacoma Way.

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