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“Satisifying the need for a puerto rican meal!”
Review of Carmelo Foods Latin Cuisine - CLOSED

Carmelo Foods Latin Cuisine
Cuisines: Latin
Restaurant details
Woodbridge, New Jersey
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Satisifying the need for a puerto rican meal!”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

We have been vacationing in St. AUgustine - and after a few days the hankering for rice & beans starts knocking... well this little place satisfied us today! What did we eat? pollo guisado arroz blanco frijoles y yuca con mojito (special of day 6.99) ; bistec encebollado w/ rice & red beans & tostones (8.99) and my son had a huge cuban sandwich (he rated it a 7.5) along with a side order of mofongo ($4.99). The empanadas were relish (I think about 1.75 ea). The flavoring was like home cooking - the couple behind the counter were a bit rushed & overwhelmed - she mentioned her daughter couldnt be there to help out... while we were there they received quite a few calls for take and there was a constant stream of folk coming to eat or to take out... overall - it was great! you will not be disappointed if you are seeking some good PR comfort food... gracias Don Carmelo! Great way to end out visit to St Augustine...

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank AbiCrespo
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English first
Florida
Level 6 Contributor
294 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed April 25, 2013

Family owned Caribbean/Puerto Rican cuisine located inside the Ponce de Leon Mall (its the former pizza store location across the former theatre's ticket booth). Delicious, inexpensive, simple homemade meal. Empanadas are cooked to order therefore comes out piping hot! Limited menu is basic and varies on daily basis (i.e. beef on Mondays, chicken on Tuesdays, fish on Fridays... etc.). The daily specials are accompanied by either plantain bananas, yucca, yellow rice, red or black beans. Lunchtime is the best time to go but gets busy with take-out orders from locals. Good meal for the $. They accept debit & credit cards too.

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank minniemae
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Brooklyn, New York
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great tasting food and inexpensive”
Reviewed July 27, 2012

Visited after reading reviews in Tripadvisor. Sure enough found food delicious and inexpensive. Small take out but with tables where you can sit and eat. Very nice family. Varied clientele; spoke with one local family that goes there often. I recommended it to my best man and his wife who live in St Augustine and love Puerto Rican food.

Maria Gonzalez
Brooklyn, NY

  • Visited July 2012
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2 Thank mariag82496
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Ormond Beach, Florida
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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“Good food at a great value”
Reviewed July 24, 2012

A hidden gem of Puertan Rican cuisine made lovingly by a wonderful local family transplanted here years ago from their home in PR. Their Empanadas, all things pork and delicious desserts are handmade and prepared right before your eyes. I look forward to trying all menu items in the future.

  • Visited April 2012
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2 Thank Joanne D
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St. Augustine, Florida
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Yummy and great prices”
Reviewed May 29, 2012

This restaurant offers authentic Puerto Rican food, including Mofungo. I have had the Mofungo and it was delicious. My favorite is the steak and onions with red beans and rice. This is comparable to the Cuban Palomilla steak and it is seasoned wonderfully. What I've missed the most about Puerto Rican food has been red beans....and Carmelo's red beans are so flavorful. The cuban sandwich is made with homemade pork. Delicious. What it comes down to is good, homestyle Puerto Rican food; wonderfully seasoned and very reasonable price.

  • Visited May 2012
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2 Thank scott621
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