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Apr 1, 2007 02:38 PM

Los Todos/ Colombian on Northern Blvd.

Went there for lunch today on a whim. Had a terrific Bandeja Montanera and my companion had Sobrebarriga a la Criolla (flank steak in creole sauce).

We started with a typical salad of shredded iceberg, beefsteak tomato, green peas and (Canned!) beets.

But then came the food.

My bandeja was an enormous platter of a deep fried pork rib with cracklins in tact, a piece of carne asada steak, and a mountain of white rice with delicious, soft and sweet maduro plantains. All with a pool of red beans in a smoky sweet sauce. A fried egg on top of the rice and a mini arepa made it all extra homey. $11.

The sobrebarriga was an enormous piece of flank steak, sauteed to a light brown and drenched in a pungent vinegary onion tomato broth, served with potato and yuca. This arrived with a side of white rice and red beans. $10.

With two cups of great cafe con leche to-go, lunch was $24.

And if we weren't revenous we could have easily made this into two meals (lunch and dinner)

not a bad find.

many people were enjoying a cream soup that was served in a stoneware bowl, and was brimming with shrimp, clams, scallop in the shell, and squid. this looked great but I wasn't sure what it was or how to order. if you know, please clue me in!

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  1. FYI, the name of the place is Los Toldos. It's on Northern and 84th, I believe. It's been ages since I've been there, but you can order these dishes at Colombian restaurants all over Jackson Heights. The Bandeja I had at Café La Nueva on 37th/85th recently was quite good, though I prefer mine with the ground beef. My favorite for Sobrebarriga a la criolla (one of my favorite Colombian dishes) is La Pequeña Colombia on Roosevelt and 84th. Sorry I can't help you with the seafood casserole since I don't eat that. I do remember having the fruit drink Morir Soñando (translation: to die in your dreams — a milk and citrus combo) at Los Toldos. Try it sometime.

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    1. re: JH Jill

      I love Pequena Colombia too! Their plato montanero is very very good. Their other more sophisticated dishes are quite good too but I always find myself ordering the montanero. I have cravings for that deep-fried pork belly. Thanks for telling me about those other places.

      1. re: JH Jill

        Yes, thanks for the spelling.

        I know bandeja is ubiquitous, but I thought theirs was a great example.

        Morir Soñando is hardly unique to Colombia, and can be found in a host of Latin American countries. FWIW, its just like Orange Julius. 50%OJ, 50% milk, mixed in an aerator machine (or a stick blender).

        Those shakes are really good. My favorite is mora, a blackberry native to the andes. lulo is good, too. I like to buy frozen lulo pulp and make parfait with it and vanilla ice cream. Makes an ubersophisticated "creamsicle."

        1. re: MaspethMaven

          Actually, most references to morir soñando says it's Dominican, but I've mostly seen it in Colombian places. My usual drink is lulo, but in water, not milk. I just had a great one last night. It survived delivery from La Boina Roja better than most place's drinks do in the restaurant. They use ice, not just water. It was wonderful. We get the super bandeja from La Boina Roja and for $11, it's enough for 2. We usually add an avocado salad but then don't get around to eating it until the next day.

          1. re: JH Jill

            Is Boina Roja still good? I used to go when it first opened and then I thought quality declined... but maybe I was wrong. They used to be a butcher shop I think and they have lots of cuts of steak I've never heard of.

            1. re: Brian S

              Brian, I am not crazy about La Boina, but we do get the La Boina combo as a late-night delivery and split it between two people. We ask them to cook the meat medium rare and often substitute something for the chicharron (fatback). I do like their batidos - at least the lulo en agua (a citrus fruit mixed with water instead of milk). I generally prefer the Argentine-type places for meat. However, La Boina's not really much worse than it used to be, in my opinion. I once translated their menu (but the manager left and they went back to the one I've been meaning to send to Jay Leno). They have all sorts of odd preparations, none of which I've had interest in trying (many involved shellfish that I can't eat). It's not the worst place around, and the bandejas are fine. They also make fresh juices.

        2. re: JH Jill

          I ate at La Pequena for the first time last weekend and ordered the sobrebarriga a la criolla on your recommendation (and I should say, JH Jill, that your recommendations have been a mainstay for me since moving to JH a few months ago - so thank you thank you!). But, I wasn't a fan of what I got. The sauce mostly just tasted of an insane amount of salt! I wonder if it was an off night? Although the waitress did say something I didn't quite catch about which version I wanted and I got it w/tomato sauce, so maybe I actually ordered something else?

          1. re: The Turtle Bay Dove

            It was probably the right thing. I think that the other version is without sauce. I like the sauce, but I really don't like excessive salt so someone must have gone overboard on the salt. That usually hasn't been a problem.

            I have to be more adventurous lately because I've gottten into a rut. I've been eating ribs at La Casa del Pollo Peruano with fried rice and lots of green chili sauce. I've also been enjoying the chiles rellenos at Taqueria Coatzingo, occasionally trying other things. We even go for the bluefish special at lunch at Jahn's (with coffee ice cream). It's such a good deal and fairly reliable with oven-browned potatoes and broccoli. Can't say it's exciting but my business associate is very picky and we need a break from El Chivito. We got the entraña sandwiches (off menu) there the other day with lettuce and tomato. That was also quite tasty.