Steph and I finally got around to heading to the south side the other day to blog about one of our favorite places in Wichita. Usuluteco is a Salvadoran restaurant located at Hydraulic and Northern, just south of Pawnee. In my opinion, this is one of the best gems of the Wichita dining scene.
Usuluteco is a family run restaurant where the husband works the front, while his wife dominates the kitchen. There is always ample seating at one of the many tables, or if you want to test out your conversational Spanish, there is a counter which the owner is happy to share with customers. As well as having delicious food, Usuluteco also has a nice collection of futbol posters. Every wall is adorned with teams from around the globe. Now I have no idea if there is an English translation of “Usuluteco”, but if I had to guess it would be something along the lines of “we make awesome pupusas”. If you’re wondering what the hell a pupusa is then I feel sorry because you are missing out on something wonderful . A pupusa is a traditional Salvadoran tortilla made from corn flour that is typically filled with cheese, refried beans, and ground pork. The pupusa is flattened into a disk and then cooked on a griddle. It is similar to a mexican quesadilla, but much better. And if you are thinking to yourself, ‘I bet they aren’t as good as the pupusas at Sabor’, well then you are terribly wrong. Besides serving inferior pupusas at Sabor, they also cost about triple the price.
Usuluteco offers a wide range of Salvadoran dishes including fried plantains, tamales, fried pork chunks, and some of the best refried beans in town. Steph and I both ordered two pupusas and some fried plantains. As I have already mentioned the pupusas were great, especially when dipped in the salsa and curtido (Salvadoran cole slaw basically) that are provided. Our fried plantains were wonderful as well. They had a sweet fried glaze on the outside while inside they were soft and warm. Served with crema and refried beans it is a great dish. While we did not have the fried yuca and pork meal this time around I certainly recommend it as well. The yuca is fried so perfectly that it actually tastes like you are eating a french fry.
This filling meal while delicious was also affordable, costing us only $15. Usuluteco is a great dining adventure and definitely worth the drive to the south part of town. Don’t let the outside of the building or the area scare you off, inside you will find great food and friendly service.