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).
Expect a duplicate menu at the new outpost. El Pulgarcito III is in the former home of Sushi Kinja.
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)
Also coming to South Tacoma Way is Daewon Garden, a Korean restaurant. It’s where Arigato used to operate at 9312 South Tacoma Way.