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Old Palermo in Pompano Beach

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Old Palermo in Pompano Beach

JmVikmanis | Nov 13, 2003 08:15 AM

We've just moved to Pompano from Minnesota though we've wintered here the last three years. At any rate, I'm on a quest to scout out the little neighborhood restaurants in this area. Last night I discovered Old Palermo, in a strip mall on Atlantic Blvd, just east of Dixie Hwy. As you'd expect from the name, this place serves Italian food. But it also serves Argentinian food. In fact, the latter appears to be its forte and the real heritage of the people who run the place. The menu is pretty eclectic--gnocchi rellenos, tilapia Francaise, and Russian potato salad. But the really adventuresome stuff is Argentinian--Tabla de Achuras-assorted entrails sampler from the grill, and Parrillada Mixta Nacional-shortribs, skirtsteak, sausage, blood sausage, sweetbreads, kidneys and tripe. I ordered just the shortribs. I was expecting something that had been braised all day in some kind of tomatoey sauce so I was a bit taken aback when the very helpful waitress asked if I wanted that rare, medium or well done. My order turned out to be two rather thin and somewhat chewy but very tasty strips of steak with rib bones. It was served with a side of steamed veggies and the Russian potato salad I'd requested be substituted for the french fries or baked potato the menu listed. I was also provided a selection of sauces--a salsa, a chimmichura with herbs, and a garlic, parsley, oil sauce that I opted to use and that made the already tasty grilled meat even more tasty. All this for $10.95. With a couple of glasses of white Argentinian wine at $4 per glass, and a tip for the really pleasant service I was provided, I had a swell dinner for $25. Pretty good. We're expecting friends from the north country to visit us in a couple of months. They really enjoy organ meats and slightly off beat, old world foods. Can't wait to take them to this place. Did I mention that they have thin slices of beef tongue marinated in red wine and garlic on their appetizer menu? Think of it. You can go to this place and experience some very interesting food and even make the kids happy with the more standard Italian fare that's also on the menu. Decor is pretty marginal but there are interesting pictures of old Argentina on the walls. It's kind of fun.

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