I am blessed to have inherited restaurant karma from my mother. We can drive by a place and know whether or not it's going to be good. Well, when I left the Norwalk train station and took a left on Washington, I knew immediately Las Orchetas (sp?) was going to be good.
I quickly found a parking space and walked inside where the line was to the door at 3 pm. I was the only white person there with many other stylish people of Spanish descent.
The window says bakery & restaurant. If I hadn't already had doughtnuts from Cofee N' this morning, I would have gorged myself on the baked goods. Everything in the case looked delicious and fresh.
For lunch, I don't even really understand what I ordered but it was phenomenal. They have both a menu and a case of hot food where I just pointed and chose. Luckily, I was taking to go as there was not a table in the house to sit down at. I couldn't even figure out which region of cuisine this was as there were so many unusual items all over the place I had never seen before. Was over impressed, which rarely happens with me.
Will probably return tomorrow and understand exactly what type of food this was and the different offerings available.
Oh, AND....when I drove through SoNo after this experience, all the other places there felt "dead" compared to all the excitement going on inside this new establishment.