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[PDX] Antojitos Hondurenos...

extramsg | Apr 6, 200503:36 AM

Tried this new place just the other day. It's small little restaurant on Division decorated in Honduran blue and white.

The menu is split into several cateogries: desayunos catracho (breakfast items), antojitos (small dishes), especiales, and fines de semana (things only available on the weekend). They also have licuados and juices.

The desayunos include various configurations of eggs, beans, and plantains, with crema and avocados thrown in here and there. The desayuno catracho (just an informal term for a Honduran) includes 2 eggs, beans, crema, and fried plantains. Prices range from $5 to $6.25.

The antojitos include corn or flour tortillas wrapped around beef, cabbage, beans, and avocado in a number of ways. eg, the 3 pastelitos comes with fried corn tortillas, ground beef, cabbage, salsa and cheese. Prices range from $2 to $5.

The specials are split between seafood and meat served with rice, beans, and tortillas, or yuca, fries, or tajadas (sliced green banana). eg, you can get the yuca con chicarron, fried pork skin with yuca, or the camarones con salsa. There are also two chuleta (pork chop) plates served with tajadas or rice, beans, and tortillas. Prices range from $6.75 to $8.25.

On the weekend, they add soups which must be huge because they range from $8 to $10.50. The soups are made with coconut cream, seafood or meat, and come with rice and tortillas.

I ordered two items, the platanos fritos (pictured below -- $5) and the baleadas con todo ($3), plus a mango licuado ($2.50).

The platanos were very good. Soft without being totally mushy and well caramelized. Very nice flavor. The beans on the side were very good, too, served with a bit of salty cheese on top. The crema added a nice bit of sourness and creaminess.

The baleada, a house-made flour tortilla, thick, almost like naan, had a great flavor. Inside were chopped hard-boiled egg, avocado, beans, and sour cream. Bland, yes, but a blandness I could appreciate. Very rich. The flavors all went together great and the quality of all the ingredients was good.

The only disappointment was the licuado. It was very milky and topped with cinnamon that was stronger than the flavor of mango. It was like an horchata with just a hint of mango flavor. It may be authentic. I don't know. But I'd like more mango flavor. Other flavors include cantaloupe, papaya, banana, chocolate, guanabana!!!, vanilla, and watermelon. Juices are watermelon, cantaloupe, pineapple, orange, horchata, nance, and tamarindo.

I'm eager to get back here. I'd like to see if the corn tortillas are freshly made, too. I'd like to try one of these coconut milk soups. I'd like to see if their yuca is better than Butikim's. I'd like to try my first tajada. It appears to be a nice little Central American addition. Yes, it's far out there, but worth a try if you like foreign comfort and street foods as I do.

17466 SE Division
Portland, OR



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