Restaurants & Bars 9

Rincon Latino

sharonanne | May 31, 200801:52 PM

Last summer someone mentioned an Indian place in the strip mall behind the Glenmore Inn. Now that rugby season has started we had a look last night on the way to the game. The Indian place looks nice but had tablecloths which we felt was too formal for our raingear so we tried the latino place further down.

I'm not clear where the owners are from but the decor is basic with flags of Mexico, Central and South America on the walls. We were the only ones not ordering in Spanish. There are some picnic tables (inside) in front of the take-out window. No cloths on the plastic mosaic inspired tables just habanero sauce in fluorescent green or red.

The menu has meals from Venezuela, Equador, Cuba, Mexico and so on. The portions were very large. I ordered shredded beef from Venezuela that came with beans, white rice and soft fried plantains. The beef was delicious but I only managed to eat half. The beans were oddly bland, the rice and plantains were tasty because they soaked up some of the sauce coming off the beef. My husband was crazy enough to order a platter that included steak, an egg, a sausage, a piece of pork belly, beans, rice, avocado and fried, mashed yuca. He said the steak was really good, I can attest to the yuca being yummy. His sausage looked good with big chunks of meat and herbs but maybe was too lean as it was dry. My son had a steak with tostones and rice with beans, all of which he said were good.

We were so intrigued by other menu items that no one ordered Mexican. They offer taquitoes, flautas and enchiladas and nachoes, which the menu promises are not the usual,

When I first looked at the menu I thought the prices were a little high with plates running from 13.95 to 23 (I think) but the portions were certainly big. We saw a few plates of empanditas going out and while these are listed as an appetizer (didn't check the price) they would make a good meal. My husband was telling us that he had been to Grand Central for dim sum this week and paid $20 for lunch for one with no leftovers. His platter of meats and beans at Rincon Latino was less. That kind of puts it in perspective.

In the future 3 of us might pick up a couple of dishes for takeout and share them. That shredded beef would be wonderful in tortillas.

We will probably try take out from the Indian place too but this was a happy discovery.

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