Based on this Board, I tried some new things in the past week.
First, we did takeout at the Pit Stop BBQ in Mattapan. We ordered a slab of pork ribs, a quart of potato salad, a quart of collard greens, and 2 chicken breasts (we were feeding 4 adults and one child). The total came to $42. Because the mother of this family operation was out of town, there were no baked beans, cornbread, desserts or pie. I laughed and said that they should post a sign outside whenever she's away and the son said no one would come in if they did. The pork ribs were delicious, the potato salad tangy and good (it's heavy on the mayo), and the collard greens good (slightly boring). I'm going back and next time I'lll order baked beans, corn bread, and peach cobbler (if they have them!).
Last night, we tried the shrimp and fish stew at El Oriental de Cuba (Jamaica Plain). Maybe we were unlucky, but I could only eat a few bites of the huge portion. There was plenty of fish and shrimp, but it tasted very fishy to me. Our side of plaintains wasn't very good either. I've eaten here before and enjoyed it (including the plaintains) so maybe it was a bad night. But I won't order the stew again.
On Sunday, we went to El Sarape in Braintree. We both ordered the enchiladas and we ordered guacamole. Each entree was about $10 and the guac was $4.95. The guacamole was very simple (avocados and onions, that seemed to be it). Service was very slow. The enchiladas were good, but I won't make a special trip to Braintree for them. The rice and beans were okay but nothing special. Next time I'll try something else.