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El Sarape

Restaurants, Mexican
El Sarape
Photograph: Courtesy El Sarape Chile relleno stuffed with shrimp at El Sarape

This beloved restaurant in the Braintree neighborhood is generally regarded as the best Mexican food in Boston. Hearty dishes, including enchiladas in salsa verde and a house specialty of chicken or beef stewed with potatoes in a smoky chile ancho salsa, are some of the favorites on the from-scratch menu. There’s sangria to wash it down, and desserts like plantains topped with cajeta (a goat’s-milk caramel) are worth saving room for. A friendly staff and festive, inviting atmosphere, with traditional wooden chairs and colorful South of the Border tchotchkes have kept Bostonites coming back for nearly 30 years.

By: Jenny Miller


Venue name: El Sarape
Address: 5 Commercial St

Cross street: at Brookside Rd
Opening hours: Mon–Tue 3pm–10pm, Wed–Thu 11:30am–10pm, Fri 11:30am-11pm, Sat 1pm–11pm, Sun 1pm–10pm
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