140 Broadway, Chelsea, MA 02150
Catrachos is a home-style Honduran restaurant in Chelsea Square that has been serving Honduran street food favorites since 2019. The Mateo siblings - Claudia, Jose, Rene, and Johanna - are long-time Chelsea residents and first-time business owners bringing the obscure flavors of Honduran kitchens to Chelsea. Claudia is the chef; Jose and Rene oversee restaurant operations while holding down other jobs; and Johanna is a full-time law student at Boston University when she is not handling Catrachos’ administrative details.
Honduran customers flock to Catrachos for Claudia’s baleadas. These home-made soft flour tortillas are generously stuffed with refried beans, cheese, crema, scrambled eggs, steak, chicharron (pork), or chicken. They are an inexpensive, quick meal any time of the day. Another Honduran favorite, fried chicken on top of tajadas (fried green bananas) is served with curtido, which is the Mateo family’s secret spin on the tangy Central American slaw of fermented cabbage, red onion, jalapeno, and beets.
Johanna says, “The food scene in Chelsea is a reflection of Chelsea itself, something that is really valuable, an opportunity to learn about each other and get to know your neighbors.” Taste for yourself how the Mateo family’s commitment to each other, their community, and to the tastes of their beloved country of origin have made Catrachos a key ingredient in Chelsea’s dynamic Latin food mix.