Quickie lunch, South American style
On the Cheap by Jason Weinzimer
If you haven't met your Chilean sandwich quota for the month -- and hey, who
has? -- you can fill up over at Chacarero, a tiny Downtown Crossing joint that
cranks out these spicy creations from a takeout window on the Franklin Street
side of Filene's. During prime lunch hours, the place seems to attract half of
downtown -- so just relax, enjoy the fine people-watching, and wait as
Chacarero's kitchen tops chicken, beef, and combo sandwiches ($4 for a small,
$5 for a large) with muenster cheese, tomato, salt and pepper, and, for a
surprise kick, spicy steamed green beans. Add a healthy slathering of freshly
mashed avocado and a dash of homemade hot sauce, and you've got a boldly
flavored, high-voltage lunch big enough for leftovers. If only they'd let you
drink beer at your desk.
As for add-ons, geting your meat barbecued is definitely worth the extra 25
cents. Chileans, like most South Americans, do justice to beef, and Chacarero's
barbecued steak tips are wonderfully charred on the outside, pink and tender
within. Even their soft, fresh-baked rolls command a following. Chacarero sells
them individually or by the dozen.
Chacarero, located at 423 Washington Street, Boston, is open Monday through
Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call (617) 542-0392.
The On the Cheap archive