Nestled among the trendy boutique shops and eateries in Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole is Paladar, which bills itself as a Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar. I’m usually slow to check out chain restaurants, and Paladar is a small one, with a half dozen locations, mostly in the Metro DC area. But some friends wanted to meet us for lunch yesterday, so off we went to Paladar.
It turned out to be a good call indeed. Paladar’s menu features a mix of Mexican and Central/South American cuisine and something to suit most any taste.
We started with some Mojitos and two types of guacamole, one spicy and one with heirloom tomatoes and basil. They were accompanied by a basket of dippers … not just the usual tortilla chips, but also strips of fried yucca and plantain and rounds of fried malanga. Both varieties were very good, and we enjoyed the different flavors of the dip strips.
My wife went for the Ropa Vieja for her entrée, and I had the Feijoada. I haven’t eaten that since I was in Lisbon a couple decades ago, and back then I pushed the blood sausage to the side. This version was Brazilian, with a slightly different seasoning mix and chorizo instead of blood sausage, along with a bit of green cabbage. Regardless, it was delicious, and only a sense of decorum kept me from licking the platter clean. My wife relished her Ropa Vieja, but had to take half of it home. Big portions.
Our dining partners went with more tame entrees (Quesadilla and Huevos Rancheros), and enjoyed them as well.
Good efficient service and respectable prices, and great food. I’ll be back.
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