Food & Drink


2018 Winner: El Peñol

The constant presence of big, noisy family groups makes this small, modestly handsome restaurant near Eastie’s Central Square feel like a nonstop party. It’s not hard to spot the draw: staggering portions of hearty, meaty, mildly seasoned dishes like substantial soups, fried plantain plates and protein pileups like a cazuela of chicharrones, sausage, beans, plantains, potatoes and avocado served with fried egg-topped rice—all at absurdly sweet prices. Breakfast or lunch here might be all you need to eat for the day.

Other Winners

  • Colombian

    2017 Winner: El Kiosco

    A stone’s throw from the Orient Heights T stop is this versatile combination of dark, atmospheric bar and sunny, casual restaurant serving traditional Colombian dishes...