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El Pelon Taqueria

2197 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02135
617-779-9090
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Ranked #59 of 2,815 restaurants in Boston
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Mexican
Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Delivery
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Delivery
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English first
Portland, OR
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107 reviews 107 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Great eatery, not pretentious, close to authentic food. We had a house special with fish (two large tacos with fish, which is the size of this portion, is definitely enough for lunch!). Our daughter had a burrito. Yummi! I won't call this a hidden gem or the best tacos ever, but would definitely recommend if you are in or close... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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27 reviews 27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

So, I am from California and moved to Boston after living in San Diego for 4 years. I really miss having good Mexican here on the East Coast and was eager to try out El Pelon. I was not disappointed! I ordered 2 carne asada tacos, chips/salsa and horchata. The horchata wasn't great but the tacos and chips were excellent.... More

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Can't go wrong with any choice on the menu. Each ingredient is cooked so perfectly - the meat, beans, the moist buttery rice (!)... El guapo burrito and pescado burrito are real treats, as well as the all veggie calabacita burrito! Platos and others also recommended.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

El Pelon has gigantic, delicious burritos. Normally I don't like burritos that are too big. They get messy, the fillings aren't distributed right, etc. However, El Pelon's burritos are so flavorful that I am happy to have a bigger serving (if I can eat past the fullness). They have really good plantains as well and you get enough to share.... More

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New York City, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

The food is delicious! Long story short, I ate here as a BC student and I've been back here several times as an alum. Chipotle and Boloco (sorry Bostonians) don't even come close.

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Glens Falls, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Giving the fact that on this side of the world is pretty hard to get the ingredients to make authentic Mexican food, I think this guys do a pretty good job. They do try to have other than the typical Tex-Mex burritos, makes me very happy to see tamales in the menu. It is ok priced (considering how much you... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

Better than Anna's. This place is cheap, tucked away behind Fenway Park so it's great to go before a ball game. The food is better than Anna's---Less Greasy! The plates, rice and beans, have tremendous flavor. Anna's plates are rather bland. If you're in Fenway, hit it up, you won't be disappointed.

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New York City, New York
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12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

El Pelon is probably one of the best Mexican restaurant in Boston. Although it is not really a restaurant,(self-service, small seating area..) the food is inexpensive, authentic and very delicious! Grilled steak and fish burritos are my two favorites. Definitely stop by when you're in Boston!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

Great place for a quick meal. We usually go there for lunch. Don't expect to find a seat at 12:30 though. It's one of the few places that serve plantains.

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

El pelon is truly the best in town, in my and my friends' opinion! Their offerings are affordable, well portioned, and most importantly, delicious and authentic. Every ingredient is cooked to full flavor, and their combination balanced and heavenly. I love their tortas, quesadillas, burritos... You name it!

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