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In true Florida fashion, this Colombian restaurant is nestled in an unassuming strip mall. Locals stop here for familiar tastes of home cooking at unusually inexpensive prices. There are only fourteen tables, so lunch gets busy. Start with a very greasy, extra-crispy Colombian empanada garnished with spicy aji and lime (75 cents). For hearty appetites, order the bandeja paísa; it's the unofficial national dish. Sample the staples, served in three huge plates: grilled (or ground) steak, white rice, red kidney beans, sweet fried plantains, chicharrones (Spanish for pork rinds), and a cornmeal patty for $8.95. The palomilla steak, mondongo or tripe soup, and daily specials ($6.95) are equally substantial. Order Kola Postobon, a popular cream soda, to wash it all down. Early birds can also catch the breakfast menu until 11:30 a.m. Though some dishes won't satisfy Colombian purists, the relaxed vibe goes a long way. Aside from doting Colombian servers, much of San Pocho's charm comes from colorful indigenous art and regional souvenirs on the walls. FYI: You can buy most of the trinkets you see or take a few local goodies to go. Advice: If possible, dine here with a Colombian.
You can get everything from traditional straw hats and baskets to Sparkies candies (Colombia's answer to Skittles) and two-liter bottles of Postobón soda at San Pocho, a one-stop shop and family restaurant serving Little Havana's Colombian community. The restaurant has developed a following beyond the neighborhood, thanks to flavorful renditions of Colombian comfort-food staples such as sancocho (meat-and-vegetable soup) and tasty arepas. Come early for the shredded chicken- and... More »
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