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Buen Gusto Pupuseria

Central American, Mexican, Latin, Spanish, South American
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1228 2nd Street, Perry, IA 50220
+1 515-465-5183
11:00 - 21:00
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Ames, Iowa
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

I'm a california native so I have high taco standards that are rarely met in Iowa. I found my taco here!

Thank Anne K
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

Authentic food. Large menu. I have eaten here a lot and have never been disappointed. Everything on the menu is good. Locally family owned!

Thank iowarefugees
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

Agree with the other reviews that the food is very good and the service is mediocre. But, be honest, isn't that better than the reverse? And the prices are very reasonable. I'd definitely recommend coming here if you're passing through Perry, whether on the bike path or otherwise.

Thank Jeremy D
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

My server is currently across the street at the Ben Franklin, he has been gone about 10 minutes. Your guess is as good as mine of why he's over there, and not here. Add in the crying baby of one of the other worker's, and I have to admit, this has been an unusual dining experience. I had to get... More 

Thank 5Greg2
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016

We had seen this little restaurant many times but hadn't tried it. The restaurant was empty except for two other couples. We were greeted after about 5 minutes. The menu was extensive and the pictures that were included brought us back to our time in California. Each dish looked very authentic. The dish I had was great except for the... More 

Thank D. B
Plymouth, Minnesota, United States
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016

Simple dining served by a friendly staff. I felt like I was in Central America in Perry, Iowa. A group of 8 cyclists enjoyed a good meal and conversation. Each of the menu items had a picture so it was easy to chose. The plates served looked just like the pictures.

Thank Tom M
Lamoni, Iowa
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016 via mobile

We've stopped here many times now and plan our bike trips to get lunch here. Awesome. Papuans are terrific, and ONLY $1.50 apiece. I love the Carnitas too. But everything we get is great. Not fast food, but fresh food.

Thank Jim J
Perry, Iowa
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

If you haven't tried pupusa's, you must. They are pancakelike made with corn meal flour and stuffed with meat and/or cheese. El Buen Gusto has these on special on Thursday nights. Two are filling for a meal. Don't know where else you can go and pay under $10 for a meal for two and be full. The burritos are very... More 

Thank zinfandel71
Des Moines, Iowa
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54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2015 via mobile

I used to commute to Perry a lot and would visit this place on Sundays with friends. Their food was always on point, was never disappointed. However my low rating is because their customer service is horrid. From the moment we would walk in we were treated badly by their waitress. It was always the same young lady servicing us.... More 

Thank Roxyjc
Perry, Iowa
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2015

Local residents really like this restaurant. Family owned and friendly. Small inside. Unique menu. Give it a try.

Thank Richard J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Central American, Mexican, Latin, Spanish, South American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1228 2nd Street, Perry, IA 50220
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Perry
  • Phone Number: +1 515-465-5183

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