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.
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.
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
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. "
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...