Carlos’ Kitchen

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Carlos Kitchen

Carlos Kitchen

If you have lived in West Valley or Magna for any amount of time in the last 10 years then you will probably recognize this sign.  I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I have driven by Carlos Kitchen 2 in the past year.  It is located right off of 3500 South just West of Harmons and some car dealerships.

I visited with probably lowest expectations possible.  The building isn’t what we call new, and let’s be honest, the place is dive.  Another thing that made me suspicious is how the Philly cheese steak because associated with the pupusa which is the most famous dish in El Salvador.

I decided that I was going to go in and order some pupusas as well as a Philly Cheesesteak.  That should give me enough of a cross-section of the menu to give an honest opinion.

LEET

LEET

I placed my order and judging by the total of 2 pupusas, 2 sodas, and Philly cheesesteak, I was off to a great start.  For those of you who don’t know the significance of $13.37, please familiarize yourself by reading more here.

Philly Cheesesteak

Philly Cheesesteak

Let’s talk about what the Carlos Kitchen Philly cheesesteak is and what it is not.  First of all, I wouldn’t put this sandwich as one of the top 5 or even 10 cheesesteaks in Utah.  Tell you what though, for $5.50, I would absolutely order this over anything you can find at Subway.  The flavors were simple, the meat was good, the bread was soft.  I thought it was solid for what I paid for it.  With all that said, I wouldn’t recommend ordering this when coming to Carlos Kitchen.  Maybe this sandwich is for the person not adventurous enough to try the pupusas?

Pupusas at Carlos Kitchen

Pupusas at Carlos Kitchen

The pupusas here was right on point.  I can think of three places in Salt Lake city to purchase pupusas.  El Viroleño (last time I was there, I saw cock-roaches on the floor), Cafe Guanaco, and Sabor Latino.  Carlos Kitchen makes good pupusas and I would definitely visit again to order them.  You can get them revuelta, or mixed with beans, cheese, and pork, or you can get them with just cheese or beans.  They come with salsa over the top, and a typical cabbage mixture.

One thing worth mentioning here, is Carlos Kitchen does make their food fresh to order.  Pupusas take some time to prepare, so you should expect a wait time of 20-25 minutes when ordering them.  I would say they are well worth the wait.

I’m glad I made the decision after 10 years to finally stop and try Carlos Kitchen 2.

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