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El Pulgarcito

2522 E. Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V5K1Z3
Tel: (604) 568-8591
Neighbourhood: Hastings-Sunrise
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Price: $ ($15 or less)
  • Service: Takeout
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Features: Patio
  • Hours: Mon - Sat: 11AM - 8PM, Sun: 12PM - 5PM
  • Pupusas are their specialty. Pupusas, a staple food of El Salvador, are much like Mexican tortillas, but they are thicker.


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OK El Salvadorian food
By princessgaga of burnaby B.C. (120 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 23, 2012 - 1:07pm [Dine in]

Not Mexican.

I had a burrito which came wet and was honestly quite bland. The "lettuce salad" that came with it was just shredded lettuce on the plate. The sour cream and cheese toppings were really just small drizzles. The burrito was not bad once I added my own hot sauce from the table.

Other people at my table seemed to like their choices better. I over heard a lady at the next table say her sandwich was just like Subway.

The place is authentic in that stuff is mismatched and they also sell some Latin groceries. Looks like a place you'd really find in a latin American country.

My friends took me there because they really seem to like it. The owner I think was polite. I'd go again but not my first choice.

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Great Salvadorian comfort food
By jchunter of East Vancouver, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 5:30pm [Dine in]

El Pulgarcito is a cafe style restaurant whose owners are friendly and attentive, but give you privacy too
Their tomales are the best I've had in Vancouver. They are moist and flavourful with a generous amount of pickled cabbage and just the right amount of liquid (not dry - not mushy)
Today, my 4th time visiting in the past month, I had excellent chicken encheladas con mole. They were cheap and filling, served with Salvadorian style rice (parboiled) with tiny bits of vegetable mixed in, and pureed/fried black beans. I had them with some of the house hot salsa which is subtle yet flavourful. I don't have a lot of experience with mole, but I would order this again.
I love their authentic huevos rancheros - that means plain with a subtle amount of very flavourful salsa, and the latin american version of sour cream. The decor is sparse, but cheerful and bright.
They stock a good selection of latin pop and brew a satisfying regular cup of coffee.
I recommend Pulgarcito the next time it's raining, your pocket book is low, and you want to fill up on good food in a friendly atmostphere.

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best Tamales I've had yet
By vtx_rider of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, November 18, 2007 - 3:41pm [Dine in]

My wife and I have been searching for good tamales after a client's mother gave us some. Most of the tamales we have tried in Vancouver to date were lack lustre (including a restaurant on Granville that states it has the best tamales in Vancouver and one on West Broadway that specializes in burritos but has tamales on their menu).

We found the tamales here extremely tasty, not overly mushy and the sauces that accompanied them were great.

We have only tried the papousas and the tamales. Both were great but the tamales were by far our favourites

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Horchata Heaven
By delicieuse of Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 10, 2011 - 10:15pm [Dine in]

I like to support small family businesses and this one deserves a shout out. The friendly and hardworking owners work hard to please customers looking for a delicious meal. The horchata drink was especially satisfying - sweet, creamy, and full of flavour. This place is worth checking out!

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Yummy food! New Owner's(2010) - New Phone Number Too!
By DineOutPrincess of Hastings-Sunrise, Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 2, 2010 - 10:23pm [Dine in]

We have eaten here a few times over the last year. Recently it changed hands again. Last week they received their machines so they are interac/credit friendly! Their new phone number is 604-568-8591.

The Burrito's here are amazing! They offer regular size as well as a large size. The regular size is larger than most places serve, I would suggest the large is for large eaters and the uber hungry only!

The beef options are not to my taste as it is ground mixed with peas etc. A little like dog food in my opinion but the chicken is great! It is shredded chicken and has a lot of good flavour with spices etc.

Dishes outside of the Burrito's are not large portions but always tasty!

They have recently added a couple new options two of them being desserts. One is a flan and the other is a Chocobanana for $2. This is a frozen chocolate covered banana on a stick - absolutely fantastic to keep in mind for a cheap cool treat especially in this hot weather we have been having lately.

Place is clean, not pretentious. As authentic as it gets for the location.

New owner is very friendly!

This will be one of my regular fall backs for good quick eats.

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Convenience store or restaurant
By kera45 of North Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 12, 2007 - 3:12pm [Dine in]

I stopped by to have some Mexican food. I couldn't say if it was convenience store or deli. Their food is not totally Mexican. they have some Salvadorian dishes Like "Popusa". I had a bowl of soup and order of enchilada. Soup was so watery and needed more seasoning which to me tasted like water and enchilada was filled with too little meat.

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It's too bad
By KevinVancity of Richmond, BC (7 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 28, 2008 - 2:13pm [Dine in]

This restaurant used to have the best, and most authentic Peruvian food me and my wife have had in Vancouver. however some new owner purchased it and he no longer wants the Peruvian Chef here on Sundays anymore. It's ok though, the chef is looking for a new location and when I find out where it is I will post a review.

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Very good Mexican/Salvadorian food
By vanmoose of Granville Rise (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 30, 2006 - 10:31am [Dine in]

I've had difficulty finding good, authentic Mexican/South American food in Van City. After spotting this place on a recent drive-by, and then finding a favourable post on the eGullet Society website (http://forums.egullet.org/), I gave them a try.

The atmosphere is austere but very clean, the service is very friendly, the kitchen is quick, and most importantly the food was delicious! I had their Taquitos Carnita Asada with a side order of beans. Both were very satisfactory and I will definitely make a return visit to further explore their menu and to try their pupusas.

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