Cleveland Mofongo

September 19, 2021 at 12:38 PM 1 comment

The first time we visited Ajili-Mojili, far off the Condada on a side street in San Juan we fell in love with Mofongos. On our next visit, they moved into the “high-rent district” on Ashford and a subsequent trip, we discovered they had closed. What has not ended is our quest for great mofongos closer to home. Some have been good, but after visiting Cleveland Mofongo, we think we have finally found a worthy successor to Ajili-Mojili. When you walk in the door, the garlic laced air invites you sit, grab a tropical beer and relax. You know mouthwatering food is around the corner.

Michele loved the Shrimp version. The standard serving arrives with the plantain-garlic mash in the center, surrounded by the protein and veggies. Jeff turned his into a bowl ($1) whereby the mash is formed as a vessel topped with the most amazing slow-cooked Pork. The bowl also includes rice and black beans. Regardless of which way you go, you are assured of a winning entrée. I’m sure someone can finish these, but we couldn’t. Not to worry! When warmed-up, these were just as good the next day!

Cleveland Mofongo – Shrimp Mofongo
Cleveland Mofongo – Slow-roasted Pork Mofongo Bowl

Of course, another reason to take a little section of mofongo home is to leave some room for dessert. The Nutella-Marshmallow Empanadilla was the right amount of sweet to balance your palate away from the garlic. We highly recommend a dessert for that very reason. Your inner yin-yang will thank you!

Cleveland Mofongo – Nutella-Marshmallow Empanadilla

If you remember that remarkable Puerto Rican food from an island vacation, or if you think Puerto Rican food is the same as Mexican, plan a trip to Cleveland Mofongo. From the moment you walk in the door, you will know you are not in Kansas any longer! 11621 Lorain Avenue Cleveland, OH 44111 216-415-4523

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. judith hiinski  |  September 19, 2021 at 6:38 PM

    Thanks for the thoughtful and thorough reviews — always insightful!


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