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Rincon Limeno: What a fry job!

gourmaniac Jul 30, 2010 11:08 AM

OMG, one of the best fried seafood platters EVER! My first time at this CH favorite made possible by workers drilling outside my office all day (hence a 3 hour lunch). I had the Classico Rincon Limeno platter ($20) which combines their mixed seafood ceviche with fried shrimp, fish, and calamari served with three sauces (tartar, hot sauce, and guacamole-crema). It is so rare to have a perfect fry job even from places that are known for this since, the timing, temperature condition of the oil and time of day (how old is the oil) make a huge difference in the product. This one was perfect, seconds on of the fryer and early in the day before the oil gets too wet. There was clearly 2 lbs of fried seafood plus, yucca and a salad of summer tomatoes, red onion, and cilantro on a leaf of boston lettuce. The ceviche was refreshing and another 1/2 of seafood. While I usually only eat half an entree for health reasons, this may be the only time that I could not finish half this delightful meal. It could easily have feed three. I left one happy and full Chowhound.

Rincon Limeno
409 Chelsea St, Boston, MA 02128

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  1. yumyum Jul 30, 2010 11:46 AM

    So glad you finally made it there. It's one of my favorites!

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      El Guapo Jul 30, 2010 11:54 AM

      Two of us split it a few weeks ago and were stuffed for the rest of the day. I like dipping the fried seafood in the ceviche marinade.

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        Taralli Jul 30, 2010 01:43 PM

        One of our intrepid chow crew's favorite places. Also very kid-friendly.

        1. MC Slim JB Jul 30, 2010 01:48 PM

          Agreed: RL's jalea is awesome, a fry job our clam shacks could learn from.


          1. mcel215 Jul 31, 2010 04:15 AM

            Thanks to this board, I took my son's g/f there about a year ago. She grew up in Peru and hasn't been back in about 5 years.

            She absolutely loved the place and the food. She said it made her feel as if she were back home in Peru, although she does love the US too!

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              Wannabfoode Aug 2, 2010 11:02 AM

              try the pescado a lo macho, a piece of fried white fish in a seafood cream sauce with calamari and shrimp. AMAZING!

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                Alcachofa Aug 2, 2010 11:05 AM

                Wow. Putting that on the list.

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                Guido Aug 5, 2010 05:50 PM

                Is this the one in Eastie or Cambridge? I had great ceviche in Eastie but haven't tried the Cambridge branch...

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                  treb Aug 6, 2010 04:58 AM

                  Eastie, on Chelsea St.

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                    MC Slim JB Aug 6, 2010 06:08 AM

                    There's a Cambridge branch of Rincon Limeno?! Where?


                    Rincon Limeno
                    409 Chelsea St, Boston, MA 02128

                    1. re: MC Slim JB
                      Guido Aug 6, 2010 06:50 PM

                      Apparently an error on Google Maps - saw the restaurant name on a Google map of Cambridge last week but no sign of it now.

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                    treb Aug 7, 2010 03:23 PM

                    How about the sauces that come with the dish, you'll never go back to tartar again. Did you get to try any desserts, the flan is off the hook and the Caja de Alfajores (they're like shortbread cookies with a cooked tres leche cooked milk to a carmel taste and dusted with powdered sugar) are crazy.

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                      MC Slim JB Aug 7, 2010 03:50 PM

                      I almost never drive by RL without stopping to buy some of those alfajores. They have the giant ones, too, but I prefer the little ones.


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                        treb Aug 7, 2010 04:37 PM

                        There's still a lot on their menu that I need to try, mainly the soups.

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