When it comes to Salvadoran restaurants in town, everybody knows about the most popular one, Restaurante Usuluteco. Perhaps, some of you have even been to San Salvador Cafe, but have you ever been to Puerto El Triunfo Restaurant? It’s a Salvadoran restaurant off the beaten path, located on 1714 E. Northern, just off Hydraulic. Some people may recognize it as the original Usuluteco space. It’s been a few years since we last stopped by and figured now was a good a time as ever to make a revisited review.
1714 E Northern St., Wichita, KS 67216
Monday – Thursday: 7am – 8pm
Friday – Sunday: 7am – 9pm
My lunch started off with some complimentary chips and spicy salsa. Nothing too crazy to write about here; just a free starter to get me wanting more.
For my appetizer, I went with a couple pupusas with pork and cheese (aka Revuelta). They came out much quicker than the other places in town and stuffed with a proportionate amount of pork and cheese. It came with pickled cabbage, carrots and jalapenos. They didn’t have that vibrant pickled flavor, but the pupusas were still a good start to the meal. I’m not necessarily sure I’d put them above the competition in town, but who knows, you could think otherwise. You may like them more.
What truly blew me away though was my main entree. I went with the Honduran Chicken. It was a fried chicken over a bed of plantains smothered in a tomato-based crema and mayo and topped with some pickled onions and cabbage. Good God Almighty was this a thing of beauty. The chicken itself was tender, moist and the skin had a crispy texture that really complimented the dish to give it some bite. The crema was rich yet sweet, and the mayo balanced it out with its tangy, tarty flavor. It wasn’t as heavy of a meal as I thought it’d be.
I loved it so much, I had to walk over to the staff and just give my praise. Sooo good.
I remember my first visit to Puerto El Triunfo and mostly enjoying the food, but suffering from long wait times. This was not the case on the revisited review. My server did a fantastic job all afternoon and was the cherry on top for the outing.
They did tell me that new seafood additions are coming to a new expanded menu that sounded stellar, so I’ll be returning sooner than later.
If you love Salvadoran food, definitely add this one to your list of places to try.
Here’s the menu:
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