Food & Drink

Authentic Puerto Rican vittles hit the South End

Published On 07/13/2012 Published On 07/13/2012

The couple behind Roxbury's longstanding Dominican powerhouse Merengue have doubled down on Caribbean cuisine (or maybe split their chips -- gambling references are difficult), overhauling the former Don Ricardo's into Vejigantes, a colorful haven of authentic Puerto Rican eats festively named for the clown-like, horned carnival masks popular in PR amongst everyone except terrified, night-terror-having children. So quickly, add this to My Thrillist in anticipation of Tuesday's opening, and then expect: A Festive Ambiance: Designed to evoke the feel of walking through Old San Juan, the mosaic-heavy 45-seater boasts a tiled Calle de San Sebastian street sign, and is anchored by two eye-catching walls. One features multiple arches that resemble the islands' signature homes, and the other reclaimed wood planks hung with those damn kid-scarring vejigantes masks. Choice Eats: Start with crab empanadas and shredded green plantain fritters, before digging into lobster in a Creole sauce w/ cassava fries, and red snapper/ shrimp with a Malanga puree that's cooked with “Mojo Isleño”, or "Islander sauce". Choicer Drinks: If you like not-water, you're in luck, as they've got bottles of Presidente, frozen guava daiquiris, four flavors of mojito, and signature 'tails like a coconut- & cream-blended Coquitini, and the Kahlua & milk Sombrero -- so remember to pace yourself, lest you end up on the street terrifying children yourself.

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1. Vejigantes 57 West Dedham St, Boston, MA 02118 (South End)

Adorned with colorful masks and festive hues from floor to ceiling, Vejigantes plates authentic Puerto Rican fare and pours signature cocktails in the South End.



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