New El Salvadoran restaurant for Wichita

unnamed (19)One Central American restaurant has closed, but another has opened in its place.

Restaurant Nicatropical, which specialized in Nicaraguan and Honduran food, opened then closed quickly late last year in a tiny blue building at 2117 E. Central. (Wichita Eagle Dining Panel member Phil Warren had a review of the place all ready to go the day it closed.)

A few weeks later, the building got a darker shade of blue paint and a new tenant:  Restaurante Antojitos Salvadoreno, which is serving El Salvadoran items such as empanadas de platano (plantain emapanadas) and pupusas.

Wichitans who’ve dined at the popular Usuluteco Restaurant  at 1714 E. Northern, already are familiar with El Salvadoran pupusas, which are handmade corn tortillas stuffed with various delicious fillings.

The new restaurant is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.

Usuluteco Restaurant will double in size

A plate of pupusas, photographed by Andrew Gough

The pupusa business is good.

It’s so good that Usuluteco Restaurant, the popular El Salvadoran restaurant at 1714 E. Northern, near Hydraulic and Wassall, is about to double in size.

Owners have taken over and remodeled the space next door, which will increase the restaurant’s capacity from 49 to 100. The new spot is ready to go, but the owners are still waiting to clear up some red tape with the city. They hope to start using the space sometime in mid-November.

Pupusas, for those who don’t know, are dense, handmade corn tortilla shells stuffed with various meats, cheeses, beans and roasted peppers, then grilled.  They’re amazing and should be consumed regularly. You can read all about the restaurant in Wichita Eagle Dining Panel member Andrew Gough’s review, which ran in July.

Usuluteco’s hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.  For more information, call 316-409-3820.