Located alongside sister restaurant, Barraca, Macondo West, a Latino taperia (Latin tapas bar), features is Latino comida de la calle (Latin street food) cuisine from all over the Spanish speaking world. Serving arepas from Venezuela, patatas bravas from Spain, empanadas from Columbia, tacos from Mexico, and juices from Brazil. Jeremy and I love both Spanish and Hispanic food and couldn’t wait to eat here. We loved the lively atmosphere and unique culture.
The waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu and which items were gluten free. Surprisingly, many items you wouldn’t think are gluten free are thanks to the separate gluten free fryer they have in the kitchen.
We shared a few dishes, which were all delicious, with the exception of the empanadas. More about that later.
First we had the Camaron (shrimp) Ceviche with coconut juice, roasted pineapple, and pickled jalapenos. The fruit and citrus juices were incredibly flavorful, yet didn’t overpower the fish. We loved this flavor combination; it was unique and very different from traditional ceviche, and a must try!
Patatas Bravas are our favorite dish to order in Spain and at Spanish restaurants. Golden crispy potatoes served with a spicy sauce and alioli.
For dinner we shared Carne Con Yuca, hanger steak topped with chimichuri sauce and queso fresco served over yuca fries. The hanger steak was cooked perfectly and was drenched in chimichurri. The sauce was fresh and I could have eaten an entire jar of chimichurri. I wanted more.
We also ordered chicken empanadas because they are Macondo’s signature dish. The empanadas are made from corn and they are not subject to cross contamination in the fryer as the restaurant has two fryers. This was actually the first time we sent a dish back because we did not like it. The empanadas were dripping grease and the chicken was tasteless. These were nothing compared to Empanada Mama, such a disappointment.