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My son just started at Boston College, so we stopped here for a quick lunch on Labor Day weekend. The food was relatively inexpensive, made to order and delivered right to our table. I had the chicken quesadilla and it was pretty good. There was...tons of cheese and lots of chicken. There are no chips or anything on the side, I guess you need to order those separate, but for $6 a good deal. I did find a small bone in one of the chicken chunks, but I guess that happens. They had REAL Mexican Cokes in a bottle, but seemed steep at $2.95. Considering the prices for a real sit down dinner, this was a bargain and was plenty to eat for lunch. I would definitely return.More
I just arrived in MA yesterday after a long day of travel. I was exhausted and my family and I wound up having a late dinner.
We ordered some take out for El Pelon and it was sooo good. I went with the El Guapo...burrito. Super for tortilla, nicely seasoned steak, with that Mexican rice, black beans, cheese, lettuce, and the real kicker...sweet plantain chunks IN THE BURRITO.
Located across from Boston college , good location bordering newton and Boston . If you like authentic Mexican food this is one of the place to come. Been here so many times since I worked in the area. I usually get the el guapo bowl...which is consistently good and you have to request for the green hot sauce to go along with the meal. The burritos are also good here. It gets pretty packed after 12pm and seats are limited inside. Decent price and affordable.More
I lived in Boston for a couple of years while in grad school, but that was in my pre-Celiac diagnosis days, so it’s like rediscovering Beantown all over again with each visit.
I wanted a quick, no fuss lunch, and El Pelion was it! There...are a ton of gluten-free options; it’s not an uncommon request for them. Mix in my pepper allergy though and that can be dicey at Mexican restaurants.
Good news though — the rice is traditional Mexican tomato rice and the black beans were just regular black beans with salt. No peppers! I was excited!
Beyond the sides, I had two simple cheese quesadillas with corn tortillas, and it was the perfect lunch. Definitely recommend and definitely will go here again during my next visit.More
We recently went to Boston College for a college tour with our daughter. We were surprised, and delighted to find the El Pelon Taqueria. We ordered a burrito, tacos, and tamales. All were fresh and tasty. The biggest surprise and tasty treat were the plantains!...We loved them. We could have easily just ordered a couple of orders of plantains.
Parking was tight, and there were a lot of people there, but it was well worth the minor hassle for space and parking.
We could easily see our daughter walking across the street from Boston College to eat at El Pelon Taqueria. We would!More
El Pelon makes a great burrito. It’s a Friday night staple for our family. Far superior to anna’s. The ingredients are fresh and flavorful. The staff is always friendly and I rarely have to wait more than 5 minutes.
I ordered El Pelon for the first time ever today and had food delivered, choosing the cheese enchiladas ($6.95), the side of rice/beans ($5.95), and a side of chips and salsa ($5.25). When it arrived, the salsa was actually fresh pico de gallo, which wasn't...a problem at all. My issue resided in the size of the product. For $5.25, I purchased two tablespoons of "salsa" (I measured) and a half bag of tortilla chips. When I called the restaurant directly to ask if a mistake had been made, I was abruptly told "that is the size" and to call the delivery service for a refund. No customer service whatsoever! I called the delivery service who called the restaurant to investigate. They were told the restaurant would not issue a refund, but, because I was dissatisfied, the delivery service issued a Promo Code that expires in a month to cover the cost of the side.
Why did El Pelon make the delivery service bear its responsibility for their own overpriced food item?!
The rice/beans side cost only $.70 more than but was five times (at least!) the size of the side of "salsa" and chips. Speaking of which, the enchiladas were a salt bomb and the rice and beans had no seasoning whatsoever. This was definitely my first and last time for El Pelon. Unfortunate, as they are right in my neighborhood. I'll stick to La Catrina Fonda Mexicana just up the street from now on. The food is consistent, delicious, and well priced, and the staff is always pleasant, attentive, and understanding of what it takes to keep customers coming back..More