Hally Chirinos

El Pulgarcito de America
4816 Central Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28205

Hally Chirinos grew up working the register at her parents’ (Henry and Delmi Chirinos) restaurant El Pulgarcito, where her Salvadoran and Honduran heritage combined to keep locals coming back week after week. Her parents created a menu that offers Honduran, Salvadoran, and Mexican favorites. Customers come in seeking Central American staples and a familiar taste of home.

Date of interview:

May 1, 2017


Tom Hanchett & Cecilia Polanco


Peter Taylor

Salvadoran food is this beautiful piece of gold that's trapped within the quartz. Not a lot of people can find it. Not a lot of people will be able to appreciate it. But whoever has seen it, whoever lived through it, they cherish it so much. If it weren't for it, I would not have any of the things that I have today. I would not have any of the privileges that I have today.

La comida salvadoreña es esta hermosa pieza de oro que está atrapada dentro del cuarzo. No mucha gente puede encontrarla. No mucha gente será capaz de apreciarla. Pero quienquiera que la haya visto, quien la vivió, la aprecia tanto. Si no fuera por eso, yo no tendría ninguna de las cosas que tengo hoy. No tendría ninguno de los privilegios que tengo hoy.

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