Massachusetts' capital city is one of the most vibrant meccas in northern New England, renowned throughout the world for its historic attractions, including the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail and lively marketplace Faneuil Hall. Visitors this fall can take in a variety of cultural attractions, including the renowned art collections of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the historic exhibits of the Harvard Museum of Natural History, Harvard University's most-visited tourist attraction. Upscale restaurants in classy neighborhoods like the city's Back Bay and Waterfront serve globally-inspired fare….
"You can't make everybody happy, you're not a taco."
Lucky for us, the Boston area is packed with the little bombs of pure bliss. We asked our WGBH colleagues where they like to go when they're craving tacos, and here's what they had to say:
El Pelón Taqueria
El Pelón Taqueria is famous for their community-driven efforts, friendly service, welcoming environment, and stacked burrito menu.
The El Guapo is a favorite, made with grilled steak, a healthy portion of Mexican rice and black beans, and the real treat — fried plantains. Top it all off with a healthy layer of jack cheese, fire-roasted salsa, lettuce, and sour cream, and you've got a wicked burrito filled with flavor.
Two locations: 92 Peterborough St., Boston; 2197 Commonwealth Ave., Brighton, elpelon.com
El Pelon has been a staple in the Fenway neighborhood for over twenty years. It’s the place to go when you’re craving authentic Mexican street food.
The menu has mostly remained the same over the years, with a few additions to keep the regulars intrigued.
If you’re looking to share with the group, go with the Plantains. They’re fried and served with house-made fire roasted salsa to balance out the sweet flavor of the plantain.
The El Guapo Burrito is one of the biggest sellers at El Pelon. Grilled steak, Mexican rice, black beans, fried plantains, jack cheese, fire roasted salsa, romain lettuce and Hood sour cream are all packed in to to make this an unforgettable dish.
With a lot of spicy things, we try to cool it down with crema, which is a traditional Mexican dish where we take hood sour cream and mix it together with buttermilk. The nice creamy texture of hood sour cream really takes the heat off and balances it out nicely.
Customers go crazy for the fried fish tacos. The spice encrusted cod is topped with chile mayo, limed onions, pickled cabbage and cucumbers. You’ll love this one.
Whether it’s Cinco de Mayo or you’re just craving a hearty burrito, El Pelon is the place for you.
Located at Ninety-Two Peterborough Street in Boston and online at El Pelon dot com.
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