Seattle, WA 98118
- Puerto Rican
- Sun 12pm-8pm, Tue-Sat 11am-11pm
- All Major Credit Cards, cash
- Takeout, Kid Friendly
- Dinner, Lunch
- Not Accepted
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.
Tips from foursquare
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."
If you're eating here, prepare to wait. The food is delicious but it takes a long time to prepare!
Say hello to Marta and make sure to thank everyone who had hand preparing your food
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