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El Carbonero

Central American, Mexican
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517 W Elm St, Graham, NC 27253-2156
+1 336-228-8002
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Graham, North Carolina, United States
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

First time to this restaurants and it was a decision based on Trip Adviser reviews. Got there and was seated and handed the menu. No combinations available. We were brought tortilla chips and salsa. The chips were OK but the salsa was like water and had no taste, only heat. Ordered the chicken fajitas. The order came out and the... More 

Thank Keith W
Greensboro, North Carolina
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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

This place looks a bit sketchy from the outside but the inside is actually not too bad. But lets get to what really matters the food!! The cheese pupusas are amazing, the are cooked to perfection, the chicken tamales are to die for. I highly recommend to anyone who wants to taste what food from El Salvador tastes like, you... More 

Thank Tony J
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33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

Good place to go eat, enjoyed the popusas. They are cheesy and flavor is amazing. Staff was friendly and food was great what more to ask for.

Thank Apostolic_ivan
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100 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

This was such a treat. The Papusas were so fantastic. The homemade cornbread papusas with Zucchini/ cheese, chicken/cheese, and the bean/cheese were served very hot and melt in your mouth. I loved the sauce served on the side. The slaw was pineapple vinegar based with hints of oregano. The lunch plate with chicken, beans, rice and veggies with cheese was... More 

Thank Sharon M
Mebane, North Carolina
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62 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

This was one of the best foodie experiences I have had lately. The pupusas were just amazing, and were only $1.50. They were also filling, and I wish I had just made a meal out of them. However, my prime rib came with a huge salad and pico de gallo and amazing rice. Generally, I am very lukewarm about rice,... More 

1 Thank Trisha S
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61 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2015

Met my college age daughter for lunch here. We planned this place because of the great reviews. She was not comfortable going in alone because it looks a bit run down on the outside. We went in and the food was good but not great, not bad by any means, not great either. It seems very authentic but then again... More 

Thank Christopher L
High Point, North Carolina
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403 reviews
288 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2015 via mobile

We stopped here for lunch on a whim and were the only non-Hispanic customers, which is always a great sign for authentic cuisine! Our waitress was wonderful and the food was fantastic, fresh and flavorful! We will definitely be back! The portion sizes were excellent and the food was wonderful and very authentic!

Thank Blacksheep101
Mebane, North Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2015

This is one of those authentic neat little restaurants that's a local secret! I have never eaten Salvadorian cuisine before....it tastes amazing! You have go to try it sometime. Inexpensive, lots of food, great service!

1 Thank NeesieDavis
Burlington, North Carolina
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2015

I'm a repeat customer, the food is not only delicious, but it is cheap. We usually have papusas which are fried corn totillas. They come stuffed with variety of items, beans, zuchini, pork, etc. We have also tried the cassava which is fried yucca and it is delicious. Cash only.

1 Thank Ruby M
Gainesville, Florida
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2015

This is a real genuine place to eat Salvadoran and Mexican food. It is really home made, delicious and super affordable. From the outside, the place looks humble, but don't be fooled: inside, the place is nice and the food is wonderful! Just a catch: Only cash accepted, which is fine. Just plan in advance for that. It is worth... More 

1 Thank vanebravo25

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Central American, Mexican
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 517 W Elm St, Graham, NC 27253-2156
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Graham
  • Phone Number: +1 336-228-8002

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?