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Whole fried fish from Merengue in Roxbury
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Where to Eat Dominican Food in Boston

From Centre Street in Jamaica Plain to Washington Street in Dorchester

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Whole fried fish from Merengue in Roxbury
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Boston — especially the neighborhoods of Dorchester, Roxbury, and Jamaica Plain — is awash with excellent Caribbean food. More specifically, it’s awash with excellent Dominican food. Here are 10 of the best spots in the city to find Dominican cuisine, from mondongo to tostones.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Alex's Chimis

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358 Centre St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 522-5201
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At Alex’s Chimis in Jamaica Plain, get the the orejita (pig ears), and get the rotisserie chicken, too. And sure, why not: Get it with fried green plantains and rice with peas. This casual, counter-service spot has been around for over 20 years.

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Get the fried pig’s ears, otherwise you’ll be missing out on one of the best snacks in the whole city
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2. Pikalo

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378 Centre St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 522-1210
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The restaurant is most well-known for its empanadas, especially the seafood fiesta, which is filled with shrimp, lobster, crab, and conch. Also worth trying is the classico dominicano, which is a sandwich packed with ham, Dominican cheese, tomato, onion, ketchup, and mayo. Pikalo is a small counter-service establishment with just a bit of seating inside.

pikalo JP
It’s all about the seafood empanada at this JP spot
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3. Rey Del Pollo

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111 Blue Hill Avenue
Boston, MA 02119
(617) 652-8172
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At Rey del Pollo in Roxbury, diners can find fried plantains, a variety of Dominican sandwiches, fried pork (get the chicharron), and a number of different fish dishes. Try the pescado con coco. The restaurant is counter-service.

Rey del Pollo
Get the chicharron
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4. Merengue Restaurant

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160 Blue Hill Avenue
Boston, MA 02125
(617) 445-5403
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Merengue has been serving Dominican food on Blue Hill Avenue for 25 years. The grilled chicken with chimichurri sauce and the stuffed shrimp tostones are compulsory. While the other points on this map are mostly small, fast-casual restaurants, Merengue is a spacious full-service venue that serves alcohol and plays host to events.

Merengue
Merengue
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5. El Fogon Restaurant

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170 Blue Hill Avenue
Roxbury, MA 02119
(617) 442-3900

Try asopao de camarones (shrimp stew) and mondongo (tripe stew) at this takeout-focused Dominican restaurant in Roxbury.

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Try one of El Fogon’s various stews
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6. Bocao Restaurant & Grill

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3094 Washington St
Roxbury, MA 02119
(617) 522-0505

Stewed meats like goat’s and pig’s feet, along with an assortment of fish entrees (red snapper, cod with potatoes, fried shrimp), star at this Washington Street spot.

Bocao
Try the red snapper at Bocao
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7. La Cuchara

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381 Blue Hill Avenue
Boston, MA 02121
(617) 445-7500

At La Cuchara, try the mofongo de chiccharones — fried plantains that are mashed with salt, garlic, and oil, paired with fried pork belly.

Get the mofongo at this Blue Hill Avenue spot
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8. El Embajador Restaurant

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3371 Washington St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(617) 524-6812

Hungry eaters can enjoy chicken stew, mofongo, and empanadas at this Jamaica Plain Dominican spot, which is very close to the Green Street MBTA stop.

El Embajador
Mofongo and empanadas are the play here
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9. Santo Domingo Restaurant

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3604, 179 Washington St
Dorchester, MA 02121
(617) 282-7788
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Those who enjoy offal will love Santo Domingo Restaurant — stewed liver, stewed pig’s feet, and stewed gizzards all feature here.

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Eat some offal at Santo Domingo Restaurant
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10. Mangú Dominican Bistro

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264 Hyde Park Ave
Boston, MA 02130
(617) 522-2455

Try the mofongo, the fried plantains, and the tostones at this Forest Hills Dominican joint.

Mangu
Head to Forest Hills for some tostones
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1. Alex's Chimis

358 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
alex’s chimis JP
Get the fried pig’s ears, otherwise you’ll be missing out on one of the best snacks in the whole city
Terrence B. Doyle/Eater

At Alex’s Chimis in Jamaica Plain, get the the orejita (pig ears), and get the rotisserie chicken, too. And sure, why not: Get it with fried green plantains and rice with peas. This casual, counter-service spot has been around for over 20 years.

358 Centre St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

2. Pikalo

378 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
pikalo JP
It’s all about the seafood empanada at this JP spot
Terrence B. Doyle/Eater

The restaurant is most well-known for its empanadas, especially the seafood fiesta, which is filled with shrimp, lobster, crab, and conch. Also worth trying is the classico dominicano, which is a sandwich packed with ham, Dominican cheese, tomato, onion, ketchup, and mayo. Pikalo is a small counter-service establishment with just a bit of seating inside.

378 Centre St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

3. Rey Del Pollo

111 Blue Hill Avenue, Boston, MA 02119
Rey del Pollo
Get the chicharron
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At Rey del Pollo in Roxbury, diners can find fried plantains, a variety of Dominican sandwiches, fried pork (get the chicharron), and a number of different fish dishes. Try the pescado con coco. The restaurant is counter-service.

111 Blue Hill Avenue
Boston, MA 02119

4. Merengue Restaurant

160 Blue Hill Avenue, Boston, MA 02125
Merengue
Merengue
Merengue/Official Site

Merengue has been serving Dominican food on Blue Hill Avenue for 25 years. The grilled chicken with chimichurri sauce and the stuffed shrimp tostones are compulsory. While the other points on this map are mostly small, fast-casual restaurants, Merengue is a spacious full-service venue that serves alcohol and plays host to events.

160 Blue Hill Avenue
Boston, MA 02125

5. El Fogon Restaurant

170 Blue Hill Avenue, Roxbury, MA 02119
El Fogon
Try one of El Fogon’s various stews
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Try asopao de camarones (shrimp stew) and mondongo (tripe stew) at this takeout-focused Dominican restaurant in Roxbury.

170 Blue Hill Avenue
Roxbury, MA 02119

6. Bocao Restaurant & Grill

3094 Washington St, Roxbury, MA 02119
Bocao
Try the red snapper at Bocao
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Stewed meats like goat’s and pig’s feet, along with an assortment of fish entrees (red snapper, cod with potatoes, fried shrimp), star at this Washington Street spot.

3094 Washington St
Roxbury, MA 02119

7. La Cuchara

381 Blue Hill Avenue, Boston, MA 02121
Get the mofongo at this Blue Hill Avenue spot
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At La Cuchara, try the mofongo de chiccharones — fried plantains that are mashed with salt, garlic, and oil, paired with fried pork belly.

381 Blue Hill Avenue
Boston, MA 02121

8. El Embajador Restaurant

3371 Washington St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
El Embajador
Mofongo and empanadas are the play here
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Hungry eaters can enjoy chicken stew, mofongo, and empanadas at this Jamaica Plain Dominican spot, which is very close to the Green Street MBTA stop.

3371 Washington St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

9. Santo Domingo Restaurant

3604, 179 Washington St, Dorchester, MA 02121
Santo Domingo
Eat some offal at Santo Domingo Restaurant
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Those who enjoy offal will love Santo Domingo Restaurant — stewed liver, stewed pig’s feet, and stewed gizzards all feature here.

3604, 179 Washington St
Dorchester, MA 02121

10. Mangú Dominican Bistro

264 Hyde Park Ave, Boston, MA 02130
Mangu
Head to Forest Hills for some tostones
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Try the mofongo, the fried plantains, and the tostones at this Forest Hills Dominican joint.

264 Hyde Park Ave
Boston, MA 02130

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