La Lechonera Café in Roslindale offers a range of Puerto Rican specialties, but the highlights are the pernil (pork shoulder) and lechón asado (roast suckling pig), both cooked over hot coals. The pernil has a "smoky, crispy skin" says devilham; gourmaniac adds that the meat is tender, "with enough fat to make it interesting." One pound of pernil plus a fried chicken thigh was a steal at $9, says gourmaniac. Unlike the pernil, which is available every day, the lechón asado is prepared only on Saturdays.
La Lechonera Café [Roslindale]
343 Cummins Highway, Boston