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Sep 7, 2006 10:24 PM

Best yuca dish in Cambridge/Somerville (fried or otherwise)?

Also interested in places that serve yuca in other close-in neighborhoods, such as downtown, Allston, JP, Brookline. Still trying to match some fried yuca with hot salsa verde I had in Baltimore many years ago at a Peruvian hole-in-the-wall.

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  1. Does Eastie count as close-in? Rincon Limeno has excellent fried yucca sticks, along with excellent salsas (not verde, as I recall, more of a rocotillo salsa, mmm).

    1. I have been looking for yuca con mojo criollo. Any cuban restaurants around here that might have that?

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      1. Not to sound too much like a know-it-all (although, of course I do know it all), it's pronounced "you-ka," not "yuck-a."

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        1. re: Bostonbob3

          How could you tell how he was pronouncing it?

          BTW, there is stewed yucca most days at Cafe Miami in the South End...and I'll second the fabulous fried at Rincon Limeno.

          1. re: galleygirl

            I wasn't speaking of the OP. Just in general. Most people call it "yuck-a." Which is such an insult to the poor thing.

            That, and he's from Cambridge. (That's a Boston joke, so don't flame me.:))

            1. re: galleygirl

              I'll third the yucca at Rincon Limeno though it's in East Boston (and I don't know anybody that pronounces it "yuck-a").

          2. The best fried yuca that I have had in Boston is at La Pupusa Guanaca in JP.

            1. Thanks for the recs. I've got to get over to Rincon Limeno. I also hear the ceviche there is amazing. I just realized, though, that Macchu Picchu in Union Square must have it, but I haven't been there yet.

              FYI: I *did* know how to pronounce it, but thanks for the info anyway. I might not have! I also know that it can be spelled either with only one "c" or with two. Most likely the spelling varies regionally??

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              1. re: bella_sarda

                I had always thought the yucca was a plant while the yuca was cassava, or the potato bearing one.