When you say "hole in the wall" restaurant, I usually think of a cramped space with very little seating, weird smells, and walls posted with clutter. Which turns out, pretty much sums up our first impression of Colombian Cuisine: Oiga, Mire, Vea at Decatur & Sahara.
That is, until we peeked our heads past the little door off the side and discovered a stage for live music, dancefloor, and room to fit 50 of our closest internet friends! Woo!
This family of cooks focus on authentic ingredients for their Colombian cuisine -- a fantastic mix of African, Spanish, and indigenous influences. We'll be sharing:
Bandeja Paisa - The most traditional Colombian plate of sobrebarriga (grilled flank steak), chicharron (fried pork rind), chorizo (pork sausage made in-house), fried ripe plantain, fried egg, red beans, and rice.
Tamal - Hand-wrapped in banana leaves with a filling of corn masa, beef and chicken pieces, pork ribs, potatoes, peas, carrots and corn meal, steamed from within.
Patacones con Sobrebarriga en Salsa - Flank steak in creole sauce over fried green plantain. *Cyn's Favorite! ;-)
Lengua en Salsa - Beef tongue in creole sauce.
Pasteles de Yuca - Yucca root pies stuffed with rice, egg, ground beef and soft spices.
Empanadas - Fried turn-overs stuffed with meat and potatoes, served with ají sauce (green and wonderful!)
*Sorry vegetarians, your choices are pretty paltry with fried plantains, rice, red beans, and iceburg salad. Alert me and I'll have them arrange a plate for you, though I'll understand if you hold off till the next one. :-P
FORMAT: $20 cash at the door, which covers your food, water, 8% tax, and 18% tip. Drinks are extra: Cans of domestic and foreign sodas are available for $2 each, cash only.
July 20th is Colombia's Independence Day, so let's
wear red, yellow, or blue
to (belatedly) celebrate!
If you really want to party hard, this place converts to a dance club at 10pm, featuring live Latin music with Mar y Mar. Cover charge is $10 if you stay to salsa the night away, and includes your first alcoholic drink for free.
Eat something new with people you love,
and eat food you love with new people!
It's been a while since we've dined together, so I'll repeat our #1 Rule: Your RSVP is a promise to pay - whether you show, cancel the day of, forget, or dislike the results (adventure, remember?) We've begged for every seat in the room and pre-payed for the best variety we can represent for each cuisine. We hope you'll love it, we hope you'll mingle, and we hope we don't get stuck with a huge bill because we assumed the best of you. If you no-show and we lose money on your empty seat, you'll be banned from the group - so RSVP with integrity!