Bandeja Paisa -100 Dishes

prestolatinrestaurantCreative Loafing “Bucket Listed” dish: Bandeja Paisa

Price for 1: $10.79

Bucket List worthy?: Si!!!!

Oh Latin America…Me encanta su comida. In spite of 6 years, give or take, of Spanish classes between high school and college, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I was feeling fancy so I ordered in Spanish. To my surprise the waiter actually understood and said I pronounced everything correctly. Thanks Senora Davis [my high school Spanish teacher for 2 years. College Spanish was a joke. I didn’t learn anything] .  No need to mention parking, there was plenty. The restaurant was rather empty when I visited, which usually is not a good sign. However everything was great. Bandeja Paisa is a traditional Colombian dish originating from the Andean region. The American equivalent would be barbeque maybe. This dish is actually a sample of several dishes, like Colombian tapas almost. It included Photo 2013-04-22 11.09.33 PMbeans, chicharron, grilled beef, chorizo, fried egg, ripe plantain. avocado, and arepa. This was one of those dishes where there is no way you can eat it all but you continue picking off of it as you box it up to go. There was so much flavor in each element. It was truly an international experience. The chicharron could stand as it’s own dish. I noticed that it was offered alone as an appetizer.  The beans had a soupy consistency and served well as a dipping sauce for the grilled beef. Although this is only the 5th dish I’ve crossed off of the list, I know it will be one of the top 10 for best taste. Definitely check this one out.  I am so gad that this place is not readily accessible to me. Otherwise I’d be fat, like Fat Bastard fat. Welp, here goes my awkward ending…
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