The burrito—that iconic tortilla rolled with meat, beans, and delectably sautéed vegetables—is named in honor of the donkey who invented it. Take advantage of an ungulate's utensil inability with today's deal: for $4, you get $8 worth of famous burritos and fresh Mexican fare at El Pelón Taquería's brand-new, non-burnt-down Brighton location.
Each item on El Pelón's menu is rammed completely full of fresh ingredients, tongue-punching spices, and authentic garnishes. Drop in for a rotundly satisfying carnitas quesadilla (slow-braised pork sandwiched between jack cheese and tortillas; $3.50) and a side of fried plantains ($3.95) before returning to your dust cloud of fighting cartoon characters, or double up on your face with tacos de la casa such as El Pelón's twin cornmeal-breaded pescado tacos ($6.50), stuffed with spice-infused cod, arbol-chile mayo, limed onions, pickled cabbage, and cucumbers. To fight the good appetite fight and look dashing whilst doing so, grab onto a mighty El Guapo ($6.50)—the house's famous signature burrito—bursting at the seams with grilled steak, Mexican rice, black beans, fried plantains, jack cheese, fire-roasted salsa, lettuce, and authentic crema. All of El Pelón's showstoppingly spiced toppers are available as sides, enabling mad-scientist diners to experiment as liberally or as conservatively as they like with the bounteous beauty of El Pelón's celebrated flavors. To make your mouth feel even more Mexican without the hassle of chewing a sombrero, wash it all down with Mexican Coca Cola, made with cane sugar instead of fructose, or some Jarritos soda (both $1.75).
The fast and friendly service at El Pelón matches the authenticity of its recipes. Be warned that, following the fire at its former Fenway facility, the establishment has been overzealous about dousing potential fire hazards with water, so customers should think twice about wearing Calgary Flames jerseys or bringing along scorchingly hot girlfriends.
This Groupon is valid for dine-in only.
The Boston Globe and the Boston Phoenix love the re-born restaurant, which has been named the Best of Citysearch nine times since 2005. Most recently, El Pelón Taquería topped the charts for Best Cheap Eats 2008 and Best Fast Food 2007. More than 50 Citysearchers give El Pelón an average 4.5 stars. More than 45 Yelpers give the new El Pelón a four-star average.
- But it’s the brightness of the flavors that brings people here. It’s one reason so many have loyally and sometimes obsessively frequented El Pelón since it opened in 1998. – Devra First, Boston Globe
- Tacos are still the most compelling reason to visit: soft corn tortillas (a single layer that somehow holds together) piled with limed onions, lightly pickled red cabbage, house-made cooked tomato salsa, and thin slices of cucumbers. Meat fillings are excellent and generously laid on. – MC SLIM JB, Boston Phoenix
- i love the vegetarian burrito and plato. everything tasted very fresh. chipotle salsa is amazing, and the guacamole is so fresh tasting, lacking the too-salty, preservative taste that some of the chain mexican burrito joints seem to have. – hellosampson, Citysearch
- The food's great and the prices can't be beat. None of that American- faux mexican here, El Pelón's got Jarritos and authentic Mexican and a surviving spirit! I do the veggie burrito and there's always a ton of different types of vegetables in there, always fresh and delicious. – C Daniels, Citysearch
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