East Boston’s Punto Rojo is a simple, no-frills spot with the basics of authentic Colombian squared away and ready for palates traveling in from all over New England.
No trendy fusion or over-the-top decor here; instead, folks line up for shrimp with rice, stuffed round eye, breaded chicken, and the Typical Plate (bistec, fried egg, beans, pork strips, sweet plantains—hold on, there’s more—arepa, frijoles, arroz, carne, and it just keeps going).
Typical? Yeah, we don’t think so. The locals love it, and the tourists usually miss out. Don’t make that mistake.
East Boston also has a few other great Colombian restaurants, my other favorite being El Peñol. Get the bandeja peńol and empanadas!