to talk about it, because holy mother of everything blessed and beautiful in this world was I impressed with what I ate at this location. First, some background: this restaurant is located in Deer Park, my hometown, a block from my mother's house. It began as an ice cream shop owned by a local family; it changed hands several times and was once a vacuum store or something... I figured it would go empty for a while.
Turns out, there's Venezuelan cuisine located here now. I was too curious to pass it by, and made a point to visit when I visited DP recently. The first day of April was beautiful this year; they had outside seating, which I couldn't refuse. The gentleman working the counter was extremely personable, which is an understatement for the quality of service he provided. He immediately directed me to what I wanted to eat, like some sort of food service genie psychic,
"This" He points to the dish featured in the picture for the article in the paper. Spiced Beef, Beans, Rice, Plantains. I was stoked; I hadn't looked much but hadn't found plantains like I had in the Caribbean. Venezuela sounds like a place that can cook them up.
And wow did they make everything about as perfect as I could have hoped for. Don't let the styrofoam box throw you off; what is inside is of the upmost quality, and I can safely assume authenticity. Eating the perfectly-fried plantains during one of the first truly nice Cincinnati days dragged my soul back to a place from my past; the experience was truly spiritual, sitting in the place I know as home.
The black beans mixed with the rice superbly; the beef was tender and spiced to perfection, definitely not too spicy for standard tastes but unique and flavorful.
The bonus? First drink he recommends: Passion Fruit Juice.
My God, it's like they know everything about me.
I left extra for the meal for him and the lovely lady who prepared the meal. I plan on taking my family there soon during another nice day; perhaps they will have an amazing experience as well.
Go there. Eat there food. Keep them around. I can't wait to try the Arepas next time.
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