Thursday, October 10, 2013

Flying Under The Food Radar 10/13

It's been a while since my last Flying Under the Food radar post and I've had some very good dishes recently at places that are clearly under the radar.  Thus, I wanted to share them with you.

Tienda Vieja- (Hollywood)

Tienda Vieja is a Colombian diamond in the rough.  It's located in restaurant wasteland on Hollywood Blvd. between I-95 and the Turnpike. But don't be fooled by the location because they are serving delicious traditional fare.  They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They do not have a website but this menu appears to be accurate.  It should be noted that they are also a bakery and have some Colombian candy as well.

Not pictured but it certainly delivered was there Bandeja Paisa.  This "cardiologist special" includes steak, chicharrón, rice, beans, plantains, arepa, and a fried egg.  Insider tip, their coffee is very good and very necessary if going back to work after lunch.

On a recent visit I had a bowl of tasty chicken, potato and corn soup called Ajiaco.

I followed the Ajiaco up with Lengua a la Criolla. Yes, tongue paired with a very nice creole sauce, red beans y yuca frita.

If you are in the central Hollywood area or craving traditional Columbian food I would pay them a visit.

Tienda Vieja Restaurant & Bakery on Urbanspoon 

4449 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, FL 33021

Chapultepec- (Hallandale Beach)

I've mentioned and recommended Chapultepec on this site and my twitter feed before.  As a matter of fact, they were featured in my last Flying Under the Food Radar post. They're an authentic Mexican restaurant located in Hallandale Beach just west of Dixie Highway. The tacos are the best I've had in the area and their prices are inexpensive.

On a recent visit I opted for their Menudo which is a flavorful beef tripe soup with hominy, cilantro, onion and lime.  This is a must get for tripe fans.

Another great dish and one that made my recent Best Sandwich List is their Torta de Asada served with  lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado & jalapeño. This monster sandwich is a whopping $5.00. 

Chapultepec Mexican Bar & Restaurant on Urbanspoon

23 NW 2nd AVE, Hallandale Beach, FL.
(954) 456-0771

Copper Chimney (Sunny Isles)

I haven't had a lot of traditional Indian food in my life so I'll defer to the seasoned experts on the overall quality.  But as you know, there aren't a lot of Indian spots in town.  So if you want Indian food here is a spot for you.

Jeera Rice- basmati rice tempered with cumin.

A recent order of Bakara "Goat" Curry featured bone in tender goat with onions and a super spicy tomato sauce.  

Copper Chimney on Urbanspoon
18090 Collins Ave
Sunny Isles Beach, FL33160

Lutong Pinoy (North Miami Beach)

I recently wrote a post about the new Filipino place in North Miami Beach that you can read here.  The dishes I've had have been very good and they are surely under the food radar.

Crispy Pata- deep fried pork knuckle with an awesome crispy skin and super tender meat underneath.  It was served with a nice vinegary soy sauce to dip in. This was crazy good and a real pork treat.

Igado featuring pork heart and stomach.

Bopis was a delicious combination of beef heart, lungs and diced vegetables. 

Lutong Pinoy on Urbanspoon

17048 West Dixie Highway North Miami Beach, FL 33160

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