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First Look: Vejigantes Serves up Authentic Puerto Rican Cuisine in the South End

Posted by Jacki Morisi  August 13, 2012 10:00 AM

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Authentic Puerto Rican cuisine has officially made it's way to Boston's South End, and as a fellow Rican, I could not be more excited. Vejigantes, which opened up just a few weeks ago on West Dedham Street, is already attracting a serious following of Latin food-lovers.


The restaurant itself is named for the clown-like character pictured above, a common costume seen at Puerto Rican festivals. The decor reflects the vibrant culture, as does the drink list and extensive dinner menu. If you're not familiar with the small island's cuisine, you can expect a variety of Empenadas, Platanos, Mofongo, Arroz con Gandules and lots of stuff from the sea (think Red Snapper, Mahi Mahi and Shrimps served in Creole Sauce). You can check out the full menu here and see some highlights below.


Rice and Beans are always a must!


Paella Marinera Artesanal (Seafood Paella served inside a crunchy plantain shell)


Tostones tostaditos con Salmorejo de Jueyes (Crunchy green Plantains topped with Crabmeat)


Cocktail of choice - go for the Sangria, made from Senor Pina's secret recipe.

Vejigantes Restaurant
57 West Dedham St.
South End, Boston, MA

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Michelle Zippelli is a Boston based hedonist who is committed to finding the best food that Boston has to offer. She has lived in Boston for 6 years and works in online marketing. Michelle loves meatballs, live music, exotic cheeses, Mexican food, spur of the moment dance parties, and all things pickled.
Jacki Morisi is a self-proclaimed bon vivant extraordinaire. A Boston native whose waking hours are exclusively focused on travel, music, food, and fare ... emphasis on food and fare. She's a firm believer that just because you're living on a young professional's budget doesn't mean you have to sacrifice taste, and carries this mantra into each and every dining endeavor.
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