| El Bohio |
1127 Harry Wurzbach
11am-10pm 7 days a week; Lunch buffet 11am-2pm Mon-Fri)
El Bohio looks to have replaced a Korean barbecue restaurant judging by the vent hoods above several of the tables, but that was a minor detail compared to the vibrant salsa music and natural light bouncing around the interior. My experience with Puerto Rican food is limited, so I was excited to see what El Bohio had to offer on their $5.99 lunch buffet.
The small selection included white rice and fried rice with pigeon peas, carne guisada (not the Tex-Mex version), and pollo guisada. As I spooned through the guisadas I wasn’t able to find any chunk of meat that I recognized. This distinct uncertainty killed my hunger. Perhaps I was too late to the buffet? Nonetheless, it made me want to put my plate down and try another option. Disappointed, I ordered another plate, the pollo asada — a few pieces of dark chicken served with white rice and tostones (plantains). The plantains were crunchy and the chicken, though salty, pulled off the bone very easily. I can’t endorse this plate strongly but it was a marked improvement from my existential crisis at the buffet.
I would suggest ordering from the menu at El Bohio, but perhaps I just had bad luck, or arrived after the buffet was picked over. I would feel happy to have gotten it all wrong.
— Mark Jones