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13 November 2008

Tu Sabor Latino

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[UPDATE: Original post updated July 2018]

When we first came here ten years ago, our simple words were:
"All hail the chicken, as it is roasted to perfection. The tender meat falls right off the bone and is simply delicious. The rice and beans are so-so, atmosphere lively, although a bit intimidating for women in the evenings most likely as groups of men and many empty Corona bottles populate each table."

Many things have changed in a decade, but families are still coming here for the chicken. What used to be one small storefront has expanded to the next property and did a complete renovation to combine the two spaces. There is still an area for takeout orders which is constantly full, and now a dining area to seat 20 or 25 people comfortably. As compared to 2008, quite a bit larger percentage of folks walking by did not grow up in the neighborhood.

Those groups that come to drink together still come in the evening and now have a full bar to enjoy in addition to beer buckets.


Many interesting things happen on the daily specials menu, which has a lot of overlap but sees a few unique options each day. On Saturdays, try the cocido ($5, above, small), a Dominican-style cow foot soup that is incredible. This small bowl had three bone slices included and was as rich and fatty as can be. Bacon, carrots, potatoes and macaroni all make the soup even heartier.

Also on the Saturday menu but probably available any day is a portion of pernil ($8, below, small), slow roasted pork shoulder that includes plenty of fat and crispy skin. This plate is considered small and includes a mountain of rice and bowl of red beans.


While the sign outside now reads "Latino's Bar & Grill Restaurant" rather unnecessarily, the menu inside still reads the original name, and so we will keep it here as Tu Sabor Latino.

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