El Pelon Taqueria
From Fenway To Ashes To Boston College
From Grub Street Boston:
Owner Jim Hoben confirms, telling us that the second coming of El Pelon is set to open in mid-March at 2197 Commonwealth. "Right now, we have about three weeks of construction left and then some final permitting. Everything will be exactly the same: same menu, same prices, same vendors, same employees, we even managed to save some of the decor from the wreckage."
The official El Pelon site has not yet confirmed. But believe it. There is an El Guapo burrito in my future.
Thanks to John Liu for the tip.
El Pelon Closed Due To Fire, Again
This is really tragic. I can't imagine the nightmare of having your taqueria burn down twice in just over a year.
El Pelon, which first caught on fire in December of 2007, was rebuilt by February 2008. Early January 2009, the rebuilt El Pelon was the victim of a much more devastating fire that swept through all the restaurants that line Peterborough Street.
I'm not sure what their plans are this time, but we all hope El Pelon is able to make a second comeback.
El Pelon Reopens: Comeback Complete
See also: Insurance Money Well Spent.
El Pelon Plans Comeback
In the meantime, Fenway / Kenmore burrito hunters have La Verdad Taqueria (Map) and Boca Grande.
Early 2008 is vague. Get well soon, El Pelon.
El Pelon Was Burning
A few days ago El Pelon caught fire. I'm not sure their current status, but they were definitely closed over the weekend.
Details and photos at the Phoenix.
See also: Not Hot, On Fire.
El Pelon Follows 3:10 To Yuma
After the flick we walked over to El Pelon for snack time. I got a hefty carnitas burrito with refried beans, outdoor seating and hot sauce on the side for a mere $4.65.
Take note: the El Pelon hot sauce is usually pretty ferocious.
Mike wasn't a fan of the sauce, asserting that it traded flavor for ferocity. Let's just say we only disagreed on the movie. Still, this was one of the best El Pelon burritos I've tasted.
El Pelon's Fish Tacos Revisited
And you know what? I was wrong. I admit it. Forgive me, fans of El Pelon?
The fish tacos from El Pelon are pretty decent. They are definitely better looking, a little bigger, and less drowned in cabbage. Fish don't swim in cabbage, you know.This El Pelon Taqueria meal was rated: .
A Changing Of The Card
This card has history. One time the staff caught me doing a pass-back and wrote Zach's name on the card.
I've gotten some complaints (Betsy, Carl) about my ratings for El Pelon. The truth is I like it there; I nearly filled the repeat burrito buyer card.
Sadly, I will never reap the reward of my consumption.
Did You Write That Down?
Boss: I'd like the #4 lunch special.
Waiter: What kind of soup?
Boss: Hot and sour.
Waiter: OK. And for you?
Boss: Wait, no MSG on mine.
Waiter: (silent acknowledgement)
Boss: Did you write that down? No MSG.
Waiter: (Nods head)
Boss: 'Cause I didn't see you write anything. Can you write it down?
At El Pelon, they write down your order on a little slip of paper with your name before sending it back to the kitchen. I got the fish burrito with no mayo, which was correctly documented by the cashier. The picture clearly shows black beans smothered in that nasty mayo sauce.
This would have been delicious if only they left out the mayo. Did you write that down?
Fish Tacos from Pelon: No Mas
This El Pelon Taqueria meal was rated: .
Extended Hours for El Pelon
Welcome to El Pelon TaqueriaBoston Magazine gave this little restaurant the coveted 'Best Burrito in Boston' award in 2004, in the face of stiff competition.
Commonly called El Pelon, this place is famous for its pepper contests and proximity to the home of the Red Sox, Fenway Park (Map).
The menu offers your standard burrito fare, plus fish and plantains. Check out their wesite here.