“Everything is made fresh. It’s a very popular bakery,” Marta explains to us. She's right. There's a constant flow of cars, work trucks and friendly faces coming in the doors. Oh. And they speak English and Spanish, so language is not a barrier to enjoying the fantastic food.
Sergio brings out more platters of empanadas for the heated case. Ordering food from these cases brings back fond memories of growing up in Miami Beach, Florida.
These unique and tasty treats have an outer crust made with precooked cornmeal that is used to make arepas. They’re filled with stewed meat and diced potatoes. By frying the empanadas they get a crispy exterior, while the cornmeal pastry stays soft inside. Pour on a little hot sauce, also made in-house. The bottles are already on the tables.
Sweet or savory. There's something for everyone. The meat empanadas are packed with a flavorful "sazón" that will have you dancing Cumbia this New Year's Eve.
Guava con queso (guava with cheese) is always a favorite for us Miami folks. For the rest of you, you can’t lose with any of the sweet pastries. They’re baked every day.
The Ararepa de choclo is a buttery corn cake served warm with the slightly salty queso fresca. It’s an incredible journey from sweet to savory that will be unforgettable. It’s one of Pereira Bakery’s top Columbian specialties.
They also serve the very popular, badeja paisa, which is a hearty meal comprising of wide variety of traditional favorites like chicharron, fried egg, plantains, white rice, chorizo, arepa and beans.
Marta pours the water in for “maracuyá con agua,” a freshening passion fruit drink that comes with a big kick of CHA CHA CHA!
We did mention the smiling faces, right?
Nara Bautista is a huge fan. “Everything is just so authentic, it’s like going over your aunt's house and having a nice warm plate of food. If I’m hungry, the bandeja paisa will always be my favorite. It’s the best Colombian place in town.”
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