Sorry if this is getting old hearing about these lunches each day... but if you want to see "getting old" you should sit on this jury to see getting old... Anyhow, at least we are talking about new places each day, right???
Today I meant to try a place called Maggie's based on a tip from a fellow juror who recommended it for Haitian food over Lacaye. However, all my attempts to find it were unsuccesful (it's supposed to be on the same side of the street as lacaye, but closer to the freeway). But in driving around, I found a tiny little place that I ended up having lunch in.
It was on the corner of Myrtle and Williams and called something really generic... I think "Spanish American Market" or maybe deli or something like that... Anyhow. it's a little spanish market that you see on so many corners in this part of town. What intrigued me was a small green awning that said "Colombian Comida" and I noticed a few tables, indicating they serve hot food. The place is what you'd expect, a small bodega, with a kitchen area tucked in the corner. They have about 5 dishes in steam tables - all stewed. Short ribs, oxtail, beef steak, chicken and another that I can't recall. I followed the nice lady's recommendation for the oxtail. I'm glad I did - it was very, very good. Think a colombian osso bucco. Very tender, very flavorful, served over rice and beans. It was $7. I'd take it over 90 percent of the osso bucco I've had in mainline restaurants.
They also sell a bunch of sides that I didn't try - two kinds of arepas, plantains, yucca, breaded fried chicken wings... All deserve a try, as do the other main dishes.
Anyhow, this place isn't a destination place. There is better colombian food in Port Chester, Norwalk, and even Stamford (mi terruno, by virtue that it is made to order and has a full menu), but this place was a nice surprise. And a great tiny neighborhood place if you want some really yummy, tender stewed oxtail.