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A Chelsea trip - long

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A Chelsea trip - long

suzyb | Sep 19, 2005 12:23 PM

We walked around Chelsea quite a bit on Sunday afternoon. I don’t see too much on this board about that part of town, but it’s loaded with lots of latino places, mostly Columbian and Salvadoran. A lot of places looked good, and were doing a good business yesterday. The first place we tried was El Dorado Bakery (the first place we came across after parking the car- reminders of Mexican pastries from a trip in Playa del Carmen sucked us in).

El Dorado (18 Congress) is actually Columbian, I believe. We got a big slice of white cake with coconut frosting and dulce de leche filling and a fried donut filled with dulce de leche. Really sweet stuff. The other bakery items looked tempting too. But what most people were getting at 2pm on a Sunday was stuff from a steam table – fried pork belly, sausages, chicken, stews, beans, rice etc. It looked good, but we had just eaten lunch before getting there. It wasn’t a buffet – you asked the women behind the counter to scoop it up for you.

Then, after several hours of walking, we were a little peckish and decided we could have a little snack before heading home. We found ourselves next to El Sol – a Salvadoran place on Everett St across from the Kayem factory.

We had tacos con carne asada and a torta al pastor. The tacos weren’t full of fatty porky goodness, I think they gave me beef instead, and, more irritating, they gave them to me with lettuce and tomato. I guess they think that’s the way gringas like them. But I asked for onion and cilantro, and was given a little bowl, and they were much improved. But was really stood out there was the torta - $3 and huge – much bigger than at Lupitas, and really tasty. We also had a really nutmeggy horchata and a tamarindo soda. Sure was a bigger snack than we anticipated.

El Sol has dishes of a moderately spicy green salsa and pickled jalapenos and carrots on the table. Loud Spanish TV and a jukebox. Someone in the kitchen was slapping out tortillas or pupusas by hand in the kitchen (but my taco tortillas weren’t hand made). I saw others around us eating plates with very decent looking French fries and fried shrimp.

Other places that looked good on Broadway were King Taco (full of people) and Cinco de Mayo (sign says 100% Mexican – I wonder if it actually is and not another Salvadoran?)

But what’s with the lettuce in the taco thing? Recently, I was also surprised that Tacos al Mariachi in Waltham gave me lettuce in my tacos. And cheese too. Blech. I must look like a taco bell eater, in spite of ordering in Spanish. I guess I’ve better start specifying what I want..

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