Haute Spots Boston: Papagayo

When Papagayo opened its first restaurant near the Fort Point Channel, it transformed the way we view Mexican food. Since then, they have added three more locations to its roster of restaurants, including downtown Boston, Saugus and Somerville. Sure, you can find burritos and tacos on the menu, but their take on traditional finds comes in the form of ahi tuna tacos, braised short rib taquizas and verde enchiladas.

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We recently visited the original South Boston location and got started with a classic margarita (on the rocks, no salt please) that is also available in pitchers. For a fun twist, try a Rona Rita (a bottoms up Coronita swimming in a house margarita). The massive restaurant is popular with an after-work crowd, who comes for the specialty cocktails like the sweet and spicy watermelon habanero and the fruity tquila infused snow cones.

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We recommend getting started with a sampling of the made to order guacamole, a delicious combination of fresh avocado, celery and carrots served with a side of salty tortilla chips. For main events, don’t miss the chicken tina burrito topped with salsa rojo served with a generous side of Mexican rice and refried beans

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The grilled marinated chicken fajitas are served with soft flour tortillas, a side of Mexican rice, refried beans. Of course, they come with all the sides needed to build the perfect sizzling fajita, including lettuce, sour cream cheese, sauteed onions and pico de gallo. You can also order a half and half fajita selection, which comes with skirt steak and grilled marinated chicken.

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The street taco selection here is quite impressive with unique finds like shrimp made with chili tempura and an omelet creation of scrambled eggs and spicy chorizo. Other specialties include short ribs, chili rubbed pork tenderloin and chipotle miso glazed salmon.

Papagayo is located at 283 Summer Street in Boston.