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El Petate

7433 Canal St. Houston, TX 77011 | East End | 713-921-2176

Location Description:

A homey Salvadoran establishment with seven-day-a-week hours and a welcoming dining room, El Petate is a great place to explore Salvadoran cuisine beyond just pupusas. Try the salpicón, tender shreds of beef that you tuck into fat corn tortillas, or satiny-soft Salvadoran tamales - some stuffed with sweet corn and topped with tangy crema. But the pupusas - homemade and hot off the griddle - are the big draw here.

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  • Cuisine(s): Salvadoran
  • Hours: Daily 9am-10pm
  • Price: $
  • Serving: Dinner, Lunch
  • Alcohol: Beer/Wine
  • Reservations: Accepted, Not Accepted
  • Parking: Lot Available
  • Payment Types: All Major Credit Cards
  • Features: Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible

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