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El Pilon

Map & Directions 5303 Rainier Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98118
  • Puerto Rican
  • Sun 12pm-8pm, Tue-Sat 11am-11pm
  • All Major Credit Cards, cash
  • Takeout, Kid Friendly
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Not Accepted
  • Street


Seattle Weekly's Description

The menu at El Pilón, on Rainier Avenue, is short and sweet-two pages, including drinks and desserts. But the big draw here is mofongo, the official comfort food of Puerto Rico. What mofongo is, is plantain, fried, mashed with el Pilón-the mortar and pestle of the Caribbean-then made into a ball and fried again. It has pork in it-bits of skin and fat, fried up into chicharrónes-and comes with pork chops (fried) or chicken (fried) or carne fritta, which is non-specific meat, also fried. The giant plantain ball is served in a chicken broth, kind of like matzo-ball soup, and you can be sure that somewhere, in a secret lab in San Juan, Aguadilla, or Mayagüez, brilliant Puerto Rican scientists are working on discovering a way to fry the broth, too.

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  • Seattle Weekly on 04/05/11

    They made Seattle Weekly's 107 favorite restaurants! Read the 2011 Voracious Dining Guide to find out why our editors think it's one of the "best restaurants in the city."

  • Yvonne K. on 10/07/10

    If you're eating here, prepare to wait. The food is delicious but it takes a long time to prepare!

  • Britney H. on 07/28/11

    Say hello to Marta and make sure to thank everyone who had hand preparing your food

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