I don't have any basis for comparison at all, but I went to Orinoco (Venezuelan) last night, which I think is new-ish, and it seemed like someplace hounds might enjoy so thought I'd report what I could. It's on the corner of Shawmut and W. Concord. Almost empty when we got there at 6:30 but full with people waiting when we left at 7:30, so seems to be doing well.
We only tried the appetizers, desserts, and smaller dishes (empanadas and arepas), not the main dishes. The appetizers (we got all 3) were OK: almond stuffed bacon wrapped dates were very good but I thought a little expensiv for the size, there was a fried plantain folded around some cheese which was interesting, and something like cheese stick in pastry, which was kind of bland. We got 2 of there maybe 5 or 6 empanada choices, I didn't try any but people said they were good. Small portions, but not very expensive either. I had an arepa (sp?) with marinated pork that was very good. Also 5 or so choices of filling for these. We tried all of the desserts: molten choc cake (very good), rice pudding, and flan (frgot to ask how these were). Next time I go I'd try the main dishes (plates with various mixes of meat, rice/beans, plantains), though would be tempted to get another arepa too and just pass on the appetizers.
Prices were very reasonable - we got lots of small stuff (3 fruit juices, 1 wine, 1 espresso, 3 apps, 4 desserts, 4 empanada plates, 1 arepa) for $92.
I'd be interested to hear from people who can compare it to other Venezuelan places or who have wider eating experience (I don't get out too much, mostly live vicariously through the board...)
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