Went to the ubiquitous Panchos tonight and as usual the line was out the door for the stalwart Mexican. In lieu of waiting 30 minutes for a table, I grabbed Mr. G and wandered around the corner to Sazon Latin Fusion. It's a small place on the corner of Centinela and Washington. There's an August thread with very good praise for this small, non descript hole in the wall. But Claudia, the owner/chef, makes it all worthwhile. Home cooking that covers all the latin countries from Puerto Rico to Peru and of course our cousin to the South. We had some of the homemade Agua Frescas, Tamarindo and Jamacia, both were deliciously refreshing on this hot day. My acid test is the sugar factor and her drinks were NOT sickeningly sweet. Perfect. She also uses vegetable oil and little or no salt, but lots of veggies and herbs for flavor.
Next up was a spinach/cheese empanada and a meat empanada. The spinach was still bright green inside, not some mush and really delicious. The meat was tasty if you like ground beef taste. There's a salsa bar with the great mexican style carrots.
I had the Pollo Saltado which is usually with fried potatoes but Claudia makes hers with roasted. Mr. G had the Pollo stuffed with spinach served with rice, beans and lovely roasted carrots, squash and broccoli.
Finally, an amazing dense flan, again not too sweet, but really yummy. Mr. G had no idea that flan didn't only come in a plastic cup off the taco truck,
For approximately $15 each we enjoyed a healthy, wonderful home cooked meal.
The problem is we were one of three tables tonight at 7pm. This lovely little restaurant just struggled through their first year and if it continues like tonight, they may not make their second.
Don't wait to eat at Pacos or Mariscos Chente, try Sazon for lunch, dinner or weekend breakfast.
It's important to help support these small establishments in our neighborhoods. Claudia is a worthy cause...she really cooks with her heart and the foods shows it!