Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Caribbean Flavor

11385 Poway Rd - Suite 106, San Diego, CA 92128

CLOSED - (This is too bad, because they were really good)

There is this little place in Poway called Caribbean Flavor. It’s a Venezuelan nook that like Iron Maiden, will rock your world. It’s owned by former Dodger and Padre Catcher, Carlos Hernandez. The woman who seems to run the place and is always behind the counter when I go there is very sweet and helpful. I believe she is also Carlos’s wife, but I’m not sure. I’ve never asked. Either way, she is very excited about the food they serve there, and I always find that to be a good sign.

She educated me a little on Venezuelan cuisine. Burritos, Tacos and Quesadillas are not Venezuelan, so please don’t ask them to make that for you. Even though Burritos and Quesadillas are on the menu, it would be like going to a Thai restaurant and asking for Sushi. It doesn’t make sense. Instead look over the menu and see what looks appetizing. If you are not sure, ask the woman behind the counter, because that’s what I does. She will fill you in on everything.

She recommended to me an Arepa and a Cachapa. Let’s go over the Aprepa first. From what I can tell, Arepas are pretty much hot cornbread sandwiches. I ordered the Pollo Mechado (Marinated Shredded Chicken) Aprepa. The Arepas also come with two different types of dressing, a green one and a reddish pink one. Since I like spice, I went for the reddish pink first and loved it. It had a bit of a chipotle taste to it, and it went well with the marinated shredded chicken and cornbread. The Green one was even better. I don’t know how they could top the pink one, but they did.

I’ve been back few times and ordered the Carne Machado (Marinated Shredded Beef) Aprepa and it is equally as delicious as the Chicken. It can be a little messy to eat, but it’s well worth the napkins that you’re going to use up at an affordable price of $4.00. That’s right, they are only $4.00, and they are quite filling. You can feed the whole family for about 16 bucks. I don’t know if it would be a healthy diet for the family, but who cares? It’s yummy!

The second item she recommended was the Cachapa. Cachapa is an empanada stuffed with cheese. It was quite sweet and filling and really yummy. The next time I go there, I’m really going to have to start trying out some new stuff. It’s just that when I find something I love, I can’t stop ordering it. I love those Arepas! However, if the quality of the Arepas and the Cachapa are any indication, then the other items are probably pretty damn good too.

My thoughts are that if you go there, don’t order anything that looks Mexican. Only order the stuff, which you have no idea what it is, because then you probably won’t be disappointed. However, be prepared to wait, because there food is made fresh and takes a bit to be made. An alternative route would be to go online to look at their menu and call in an order. Then you won’t have to wait as long. Even if you do wait, it’s worth it.


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