2746 North 5th Street, Corner Somerset
Philadelphia, PA (the Barrio)
Lunch and Dinner
My love of Puerto Rica cooking began at El Bohio. A couple of friends prodded me away from the familiar comfort of Center City for my first trip to Philadelphia's barrio. Barrio means neighborhood. Nothing more.
While the servers at El Bohio don't speak English, an English version of the menu is available. Just point and eat. If that's not working, there is always a nearby bi-lingual customer who is will help.
Every Puerto Rican restaurant seems to have a hot table by the front, featuring the appetizers - assorted frituras (fried fritters), morcilla (blood sausage) and other snacks.
For entrees, try their roast pork or beef steak. Sides - either red beans and rice or testones (mashed plantain, formed into small patties, fried and brushed with garlic).