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A terrific meal at Casa Adela

stuartlafonda | Mar 22, 200806:47 PM

I ate at Casa Adela today for the first time in a while and it was as good as ever. The place is tiny but we were there at 5:00 so we had no problem grabbing a table. We ate:
sancocho: deep rich flavor and full of oxtail,chicken,corn and root vegetables.
mofongo: a ton of garlic and pieces of pork, a huge portion, it was awesome.
chicken asado: moist with crisp skin that had been marinated, very tasty.
bistec encebollado: thin "cube " steak, but tender and tasty with nice sauteed onions.
yellow rice and black beans: solid, nothing special, just done correctly.
tostones: thin and light, nothing like the huge thick monsters I was served in Cuban joints in Florida recently. Sprinkled with salt, they were gone in seconds.
maduros: the only bad dish, they were way undercooked and developed none of the sweetness you expect.
pernil sandwich: nice selection of pork pieces with some skin and perfectly pressed.
mamey shake: so good we passed on dessert.

Service was haphazard as the soups came out first but then everything else was served as it was ready. Mains came out when we were half way through the huge bowls of soup. We did not have the octopus or bacalao they are known for, maybe next time. The total was $51 including tax and tip. This was Puerto Rican home cooking in a restaurant, at its best.

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