Went with one of my Latina sisters to the cafeteria-style place (cafeteria in the Mexican/Puerto Rican sense) on Saturday. Shed heard good things from some of her Puerto Ricans peeps. Some pretty tasty Puerto Rican standards. Probably the best Pernil Ive ever had, tender yet toothsome, a good crisp to the skin, you always get the occasional dry bite of pork but such bites were few and far between. I got it with rice and beans, they serve you a big plate of rice and then a little metal bowl w/the beans and their sauce so as to allow you to control the rice/bean/sauce ratio. Tostones were excellent. Crisp, salted, not over or under fried. Platanos were sweet with the right amount of tasty little burned black bits.
I also ordered the mondongo (not the mofongo mind you, which they had, and it looked good though I didnt try it) and it was alright but Ive had much better. Tripe came in big pieces with giant hunks of potato. Broth was excellent and the best part, I doused some of my leftover rice, thus utilizing it as a delivery vehicle for broth deliciousness.
Dining companions both had the fried pork chop which also was very good by their accounts. I was too busy with my enormous portion of Pernil to take a bite. Oh, the prices were great. I think the Pernil w/rice & beans was $7, as was the fried pork chop (also w/rice and beans). Sides of plantains in their various forms were also cheap. Only thing relatively expensive on the menu were some of their seafood soups which Id never really been inclined to try anyway. They also do a breakfast which might be nice for a change. Though really, going back, itd be hard not to order the Pernil again.
Its at 2746 N. 5th Street. Pretty easy to find. They dont really speak English but the menu is translated so that shouldnt be a problem.