El Pilon Criollo Restaurant

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973 North Clinton Avenue, Rochester, NY 14621 [Directions]
Hours (as of July 2013
Tuesday - Saturday: 9:00AM to 6:00PM
585 338 7930
Wheelchair Accessible

El Pilon Criollo Restaurant is a Puerto Rican and Hispanic take-out restaurant in Group 14621 (La Avenida area). Their menu includes rice and bean dishes, stew meats, baked and fried pork, baked chicken, fried chicken, and chicken stew.

They opened May 1, 2008.


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2009-12-12 18:54:52   The restaurant at this location now displays a sign which reads 'El Pilon Criollo Restaurant 338-7930'.

I've visited just once so far. The meals served there seemed to revolve primarily around your choice of meat (including steak, pork chops, and ribs that I noticed), rice, and beans. Also included is a small bit of salad and two slices of thick-cut Italian bread. The meals are served in small, medium, and large portion sizes and cost $5, $7, or $9 depending on which size is chosen. I selected the medium and considered my portion to be generous. I noticed that fried chicken was also available, was a popular and affordable choice which could be ordered either with rice and beans or by itself.

It's not clear whether the restaurant is actually related to "Chimo's Sandwich Shop" and I suspect not, so perhaps this (Chimo's Sandwich Shop) restaurant's entry should be removed and replaced, but I'm not sufficiently clear. Initially I did ask for a Cuban-style sandwich and was told that they did serve those, but only earlier in the day. I do not believe that this restaurant actually closes at 5 pm, but I was there near to that time and the restaurant did appear to be selling down its meat selections.

It wasn't precisely clear to me whether El Pilon Criollo is a Puerto Rican restaurant, but I suspect that it might well be. My rice and bean plate had a distinctly Hispanic flavour. I noticed that the staff interacted with the customers equally comfortably in both English and Spanish. —LincolnDeCoursey