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Sep 7, 2007 01:05 PM

El Rey del Chivito in Sunny Isles Beach

I just discovered a branch of El Rey del Chivito in the RK Plaza at 18120 Collins Ave., a branch of the Miami Beach location. The chivito with papas fritas at $7.90 was very good. Extensive parillada menu. My server was from Argentina and was very helpful. This mall also has a new kosher schwarma and felafel cafe to go along with Russian, Mexican, Colombian, and Italian gelato. And there is the Manhattan Bakery, an old favorite Venezuelan pastry shop. A mecca for Chowhounds.

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  1. I have a few questions (and forgive my ignorance). What is a chivito? Would you also share what you like at the Venezuelan pastry shop? (Arepas)? Many thanks!

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    1. re: chocolada

      A chivito is a Uruguayan specialty, a monstrosity of a sandwich containing churrasco style steak, ham, mozzarella, bacon, a fried egg, mayo, lettuce, tomato, olives, served over fries (to catch the grease as it drips!). Not recommended by your cardiologist. I try not to eat more than one a year.

      1. re: Frodnesor

        I do like the Manhattan bakery, thier empanadas and great!

        1. re: chocolada

          At any good Venezuelan pastry shop, the sweet stuff is usually good, but the savory is outstanding! Our favorites:

          tequeños: mozzarella-ish white cheese wrapped in dough then fried (or sometimes baked in home kitchens). some restaurants serve this with guava sauce. mmm

          arepas: Vzlan arepas are not the same as the yellow corn Colombian discs w/ melted cheese in them. Vzlan style are white corn, firmer and usually sliced in the center to make a sandwich. Popular fillings are queso a mano, queso guayanes or the Reina Pepiada arepa, which has chicken salad with avocado in it, and is very popular.

          cachapas: like the yellow corn Colombian arepas

          Pan con queso or pan con jamon y queso: delicious, fluffy bread baked with cheese or cheese AND ham in it

        2. Some wisdom from the inimicable Anthony Bourdain, giving a preview of an upcoming "No Reservations" shot in Uruguay ->

          "Conclusions? Among other things--that Uruguay makes Argentina look like a vegan suburb of Berkeley. That they like to cook stuff over flame. LOTS of flame. That Montevideo is probably the Next Big Thing--or should be. And that the "civito" is the Greatest Sandwich in the History of Civilization. "


          Hear hear.

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          1. re: Frodnesor

            A chivito is a baby goat...
            Which I have eaten-------- in Argentina...

            I'll be going back in a few months (it's been 3 years), and my brother-in-law there has this great Uruguay trip planned...
            He had a great time there supposedly...

            I'll take great pics of these sammichitos and share...

            Man I'm hungry...

            1. re: Mild Bill

              Chivito is not a young goat in Uruguay -- it's basically a "kitchen sink" sandwich -- everything but the Kitchen Sink thrown in. El Rey de Chivito has pretty awful parrillada.. and their chivitos are okay. The Chivitos at Con Tutto at 1360 SW 8th Street are much better.