Cafe Central

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This West Town spot, in business since 1952, is now run by the original owners' son but still serves the same authentic Puerto Rican fare it has since the start. The same chef has been there for more than 25 years, as have two of the servers and the dishwasher, and the crowd includes plenty of long-time customers in addition to folks from the neighborhood. Plantains are a key part of the menu, served fried, stuffed with ground beef and in place of bread in some sandwiches. You'll also find a number of hearty entrees such as pork chops and beef stew on the menu. In an effort to change along with the surrounding area, the restaurant also has added some salads to the mix and will make any menu item vegetarian upon request.