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Old 01-23-2008, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Boca Raton
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Today we stopped by a new restaurant in the WalMart shopping center on San Jose at I-295. As it turned out, it was their opening day. Although heavy on Mexican selections, Latino Grill also has Cuban, Puerto Rican and Colombian dishes. All that was missing was some Colombian music.

http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w76/kshellyflorida/latino1.jpg (broken link)

My son ordered nachos with everything, I had ropa vieja with black beans and rice. We also tried a tostone and for dessert ordered flan and tres leches.

http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w76/kshellyflorida/latino2.jpg (broken link)

Everything was good and I can't wait to try some of the dishes that are new to me. Hopefully they will eventually expand their menu, adding to their Cuban and South American dishes. It would be great to be able to get a good Cuban sandwich in Mandarin....

Owners Walter and Patricia moved to Jacksonville a year ago from Michigan. Both are originally from Columbia. I'm glad that we have a good, family-owned restaurant so close by and we'll be back to try other menu items many times.

http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w76/kshellyflorida/latino3.jpg (broken link)
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Old 01-23-2008, 07:20 PM
 
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Sweet...good to know of this place,

It is annoying when Colombians have to put Mexican items on the menu to appeal to people in Jacksonville. It is like dumbing it down. And lets face it, the average American doesn't know squat about Colombian food. That is why I love Miami and the NYC area because there are so many colombians that they do not even care if Americans eat there.....they just want to provide homecooking for the large number of colombian immigrants. As a result, you would end up with a purely Colombian restaurant, truly authentic.

Thanks for the find HIF!

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Old 01-24-2008, 12:57 AM
 
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Wow, I've been watching this storefront for awhile. Thought they had problems because they never seemed to open. Glad they are finally in business. I'll have to try it. Thanks!
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Old 01-24-2008, 07:55 AM
 
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that guy looks like he's about to kick some a$$!
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Old 01-24-2008, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Boca Raton
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that guy looks like he's about to kick some a$$!

LOL, no, they are a really nice couple and have an 8 YO son.

In looking at the pix, I noticed that the beef looks like it is in grease, but that is just the light sauce that it is in.
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Old 01-24-2008, 09:23 AM
 
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must try their nacho!
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Old 01-24-2008, 11:17 AM
 
Location: St. Augustine FL
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how are the tostones?
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Old 01-24-2008, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Boca Raton
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I'm probably not the best one to ask. I am used to plantains that are fried and are sweet and soft inside. This was like a giant "chip" and had little flavor. It wasn't my fav, but maybe I didn't eat it with the right condiments. I just broke off little pieces and ate it plain.

Hopefuly Ochlawaha will try it out and let us know how authentic the Columbian dishes are.
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Old 01-24-2008, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Jax
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Mmmmm.......flan........
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Old 01-27-2008, 04:54 PM
 
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So happen to be around there for a bite, menu is not full scale restaurant, but it's got a pretty good selection.
Burrito, not super stuffed like Moes/Qdoba. It tasted great because they GRILLED the tortilla instead of steaming them(I never know why Moes/Qdoba steam them). So the burrito got a crunch to it with hearty fillings.
Just like HIF said, friendly people, but the husband still looks like he's about to kick ass at any given moment.
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