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“Enjoyable Colombian “comfort food” cuisine”
Review of Antojos

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Ranked #156 of 337 Restaurants in Norwalk
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Reviewed November 13, 2017

Antojos Cafe is almost hidden in a corner of nondescript street mall. But come inside and the ambiance is much more attractive…. on the smallish side with seating for only twenty patrons, but freshly renovated with wood paneled walls, grey tiled floor and immaculately clean.

The menu provides an interesting range of truly traditional Colombian “comfort food” dishes featuring empanadas, Colombian-style arepas, fried plantains and multiple different fillings… pork, chicken, beef, chorizo, pork belly, guacamole, shrimp, quail eggs, cheese, etc. Also a number of interesting Colombian variations on hot dogs and hamburgers, plus salads and more. Everything very reasonably priced. Almost all of the menu items are priced at $10.50 or less. The Monday – Friday lunch special is priced at $8.50 or $9.50 (arepa based or fried plantain based). A kids menu offers Hot Dog + Fries for $5.50; Cheeseburger + Fries for $6.50. The website link in the TripAdvisor listing provides full details of the regular menu.

From personal experience… the patacon (fried plantain) version of the breakfast signature dish is a real winner. Beans with creole sauce, pork belly, chorizo, avocado and fried egg… $10.50 and delicious. (So good that I forgot to take a photo.) On a subsequent lunch visit I opted for the most expensive menu item… Cazuela Montanera… a huge hot bowl of beans with pork belly, chorizo, shredded beef, sweet corn, sweet plantains, chips, avocado and a mini fried arepa. Again delicious, a full belly-satisfying meal for $13.50.

In addition to the regular menu, Antojos Cafe also has an active Facebook page which occasionally shows a daily special of Mondongo (tripe soup) and/or mazamorra (a truly Colombian-unique cracked corn hominy dish served with milk). I have not yet tried either of these last two items, but am now on the lookout for their next Facebook posting.

Additional notes:
- Wheel chair accessible
- Family/children friendly; high chairs as well as the above mentioned kids menu
- Two TVs silently showing Spanish language channels
- For those who care… no customer WiFi
- Accepts all major credit cards plus Apple Pay and Android Pay
- Printed menu and web menu are both Spanish-English language bilingual
- Service staff friendly and helpful; one server not totally English proficient, but not a major problem
- NOT licensed for alcohol

Bottom line… with limited seating and no alcohol license, not a first choice as a special occasions destination. But a VERY good eatery to get an initiation into Colombian comfort food.

Date of visit: November 2017
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