There are not many notable authentic Mexican restaurants in Boston. With that said, El Pelon might be more like a 3 star review if it were in any urban area with greater competition. The food is good, the place is clean. We ordered from the Tacos De La Casa part of the menu. I had fish, my husband had steak tacos. I have had better fish tacos, but the asada was very tender with a tasty sauce.
If I see tamales on a menu, I have to try one. It is very telling of the skills possessed by the cook. Unfortunately, this tamale should really be considered a Mexican matza ball. There was no masa surrounding a filling of some sort. It was just a lump of masa with poblano peppers speckled through the mix and some corn. It was sizable, but how hard is it to lump masa in a corn husk? I make tamales. Yes, they are labor intensive. But it's a side dish that balances out a menu because there are other dishes with quick prep.
The only other thing that put me off was that I asked for cilantro on the side. Cilantro is a polarizing herb. People love it or hate it. I love it and most dishes don't have enough of it for me. So I ask for (and am willing to pay for it) extra cilantro when I order Mexican food. The woman said they did not have any left after the morning prep. My tacos had no cilantro, but the guacamole on my husband's taco did. So that would have been nice.
I will go back to try a burrito. Many patrons ordered that. But I would not order again what I ordered today.
Unfortunately, for Boston, this is as good as it gets for a taco stand. But it is clean and they rock the carne asada. Oh, and if you dine in, you will see the three headless mariachi figurines on the wall that cracked me up. I really hope they don't get rid of them. It's part of the scenery and I got a giggle out of it.
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