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Restaurants & Bars

Listo El Poljo (The "Colombian Hooters"): Elmhurst Queens

driggs | Jan 1, 201108:51 AM     25

I did a quick search and did not find any write ups on this place, although I am sure they have been done, and perhaps even by me.

Listo has been around in various forms for at least ten years, its a family style Colombian place that occupies an old Tiki bar at 86th and 37th. I have been coming for over five years, and because of the rather aggressive outfits the waitresses wear, me and my friends call it the Colombian hooters.

That tag is not to disrespect the food, which is top notch, and cheap. As with most Queens Colombian places, the portions are huge, making me feel like a wuss when I cant finish.

The mountain plate, the one with the beef, egg, avocado, pork rind, beans, rice, and arepa is my go to dish, and done as well here as any of the other Jackson Heights places. There is also a full menu of other Colombian plates, with meats being dominate.

For just food, I prefer the Peruvian Urubamba nearby (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6775...), but Listo is about the ambiance. Its a former tiki bar, that still gots a tiki theme, turned into a warm family place that has some pretty decent live music (well, if you like Colombian music). The waitresses, well, they are dressed in traditional Colombian folk style as envisioned by Fredericks of Hollywood.

Some might find it all cheesy, I have found it to be one of those warm endearing cultural mashups that only Queens can offer.

Here is a few of the waitresses from last night. Happy New Years!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/arnade/5...

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Urubamba
86-20 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11372

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