Nestled among the looming brick building along Summer Street is a hidden Mexican oasis. Upon entering 283 Summer Street, you are greeted by the boldly painted walls of Papagayo.
Warm orange, melon green and sunshine yellow immediately brighten up your gloomy state of winterness. On a recent Girls Night Out, my friends Paula, Amy and I ventured over the Summer Street Bridge, passed the Convention Center to the Fort Point Channel area of Southie. Surprisingly, after 19 inches of snow had fallen on Monday, we had no problem at all finding a spot right out front – which was like hitting the lottery. The spacious waiting area of the restaurant was warm and inviting. A friendly hostess greeted us and brought us to our table.
We walked past the bar area which is large with plenty of seating at the bar itself but also had a few long high-tops to cater to large crowds of 8 or more. Our table was in the main dining area which was sleek and modern but not at all stuffy or uninviting. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable. She took our drink order: Margarita on the rocks with salt for Amy, Hornito Margarita for Paula and a Pomerita for me. (Papagayo has 150 Tequilas to choose from!) Then served us fresh tortilla chips and salsa. The salsa was chock-full of tomatoes, onions, cilantro and extremely delicious. After our drinks were served – the Pomerita was amazing – tequila and pomegranate juice – yum! – Our server took our order and we were then introduced to the guacamole cart. A handsome young man asked us if we’d like some fresh guacamole. Sure! And right there at his cart with his tools he mixed up some avocado, cilantro, onion and tomato. It was fresh and delicious and we couldn’t stop eating it!
Fajitas and tacos!
Our meals arrived. I had the flank steak fajita ($12.95). The beef was tender and delicious. It was served on a platter with cheese, fresh pico de gallo, sauteed onion, Mexican rice and refried beans and of course fresh and hot tortillas. It was excellent! Paula and Amy both got the Fish Tacos. They arrived open faced on a tortilla, with pan seared tilapia, avocado, pickled red onions, garlic mojo and cabbage slaw ($9.95). They both enjoyed their meals! We all agreed would be back again! And from what we hear, it’s very kid friendly for lunch and for an early dinner! So make sure you visit one of Southie’s newest restaurants – Papagayo! It’s muy bien!