South Enders frequently carp about the neighborhood’s lack of quality cheap eats. We steer them to this humble counter-service spot (with “hidden” right in the name) that serves fresh, filling, delicious Puerto Rican fare for short money. Get a tripleta (steak bomb with roast pork, ham and potato sticks), jibaritos (tripleta fillings sandwiched between fried plantains) or a staggering mofongo (cone of fried mashed plantains with meat or seafood filling). Sometimes budget-dining joy is hiding in plain sight.
Maná Escondido Café
68 Aguadilla St., Boston • (617) 266-0900