Food of Puerto Rico!
It's always fun to add something new to the list and now I finally get to add Puerto Rican food! My son, Scott told us about this cute little place across from his work on North Lamar.
My husband and I met up with "the kids" on a Friday lunch hour last week. The interior was cozy and festive and doing a pretty good lunch business.
We didn't get to meet the owner, Santiago "Chago" Aponte. He was probably in the kitchen cooking, since this is family owned and run. He is from Puerto Rico and uses recipes passed down through the family.
We did however get to meet Chago's very gracious wife, Solemar. She came around to greet tables and we were excited to tell her it was our first time. Scott told her he would give a good report to his coworkers, since this is a convenient lunch spot for his office.
Mofongo and Paella
Sadly I did not get good close ups of our food. Scott was very excited to order the well known Puerto Rican specialty, Mofongo.
He had sampled it elsewhere, but was disappointed by the dry texture. He seemed pretty thilled with his moist mound of meat and fried plantain. (Moistened with garlicky broth and olive oil) There was an option of beef, chicken or pork. Don ordered the vegetable paella which I sampled! The white rice was cooked in coconut milk and mixed with eggplant, chickpeas, black beans and peppers...topped with cheese! A salad and tostones (fried plantains) made this another huge feast. I think I might have to order that next time!
An Authentic Choice
I asked our server what I could order that was considered Puerto Rican, besides Mofongo. I ended up with a very yummy and curious sandwich called El Jibarito. Instead of bread, the sandwich used green plantains. The inside was stuffed with juicy pulled pork and swiss cheese. On the side I had a huge helping of pigeon peas rice and a fresh spring mix salad. I was impressed!
This was a great choice for a quick, reasonably priced lunch! It was just plain tasty AND I got to add a new food culture to my list!
Next time we'll have to check out the evening atmosphere. I heard there's open mic or karaoke of some kind... not that I would be game to perform. But I would have a pina colada and watch!
The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.