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Los Paisanos, Somerville (long)


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Los Paisanos, Somerville (long)

MB | Jul 10, 2005 09:01 PM

Second visit and I'm lovin' this place. You like Lupitas? You'll LOVE Paisanos.

My first visit there was about a month or two ago. The line at Vinny's Superette was way too long, so I opted for a torta from LP ($3.99). They're on the menu under "antojitos / little cravings." I had a steak torta which came on a small sub roll, soft and fresh. Topped with beans, shredded lettuce and tomato, maybe a little cheese or crema IIRC. The steak was cooked in an awesome gravy that soaked into the bread, making the sandwich even more delightful. Not as many ingredients as Lupita's, but darn good.

Today I went back with a friend for breakfast (albeit at 1 and a hangover breakfast really, after that big reggae show at Suffolk Downs yesterday). All breakfast items look great - and I chose the huevos con chorizo ("eggs with sausage") ($5.99) over the huevos a la mexicana ($5.99). They also have mixed eggs with onions and tomato which reminded me of Creole-style eggs.

Breakfast comes with 2 tortillas, the thick fat kind like used for gorditas, crema, queso (farmers cheese) frijoles fritos (sauce, really), aguacate (a 1/4 wedge) and platano frito. So with all that I get eggs that have been scrambled to a pulp and are orangey from the chorizo. Smoky and good, though not necessarily appetizing-looking. The fried plantains were FRIED and darn they were good. I'd say the tastiest I've ever had, and boy this girl has had some platanos fritos in her day.

Friend ordered the beef soup ($7.99), always popular on the weekends, and a fried fish with onions (which really looked like fried fish with what is described as Creole sauce in the Caribbean) to take home to the boyfriend. The soup was chock full of vegetables and meat - soft beef chunks, chayote, yucca, corn (still on the cob) - reflected in the price, no doubt, and a much bigger portion than at Lupita's. Came with a side bowl of white rice with a bit of mixed veg. in it, and a wedge of lime.

Menu sections include breakfast, soup, "little cravings," seafood, lunch and special dishes. Can't wait to go back and try more. Fish a la diabla or yuca frita con chicaron (fried yuca with pork strip), flautas, chicharron salvadoreno. Enchilada Salvadorena ($2) OR Enchiladas Mexicanas ($6.99)? Churrasco Guatemalteco or Churrasco Salvadoreno (both $9.99). Shrimp, fish, beef, chicken - each is offered on the menu in least 3-4 preparations. Horchata on the menu and all the other usual suspects as well.

There's probably about 8-10 tables and a counter with about 6 seats, Spanish TV on in the corner (one family all sat on the same side of the table so they could watch) and intermittent and loud contemporary spanish music (from the jukebox?). Plastic covers on all the tables, kind service.

Hours are 7am - 10:30pm 7 days/week and...they deliver (9am - 10pm)!
Los Paisanos
62 Broadway, Somerville
(about 1 block up on the right after Vinny's)

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