ISO venezuelan sandwich
i believe it's called patacones or patacones rellenos: "Shredded beef, special sauce, ketchup, mayo, lettuce, fried cheese, on a double-fried plantain bun." (http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2009/1...)
i visited family/friends in ny during thanksgiving when my buddy turned me on to this fantastic venezuelan joint specializing in this type of plantain sandwich in elmhurst. check out the pics from the link and the pic i took below. are there any venezuelan spots in the bay area that makes this stuff?
the only thread that seemed remotely close was one about Pica Pica: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/615976.
any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks so much.
Coupa Cafe is a relaxed casual place with great wifi and lots of students tapping on computers. On a cold evening they might have the fireplace going in the back room, on warm days the sidewalk seats are good. An empty seat can be hard to find. Regardless, the food's quite good. They always have a nice selection of Venezuelan red wines, too. I don't know the prices, but I think I end up walking out for about $15 when I get a couple of aerepas and a glass of wine. Maybe $20. It's not *super* down home because we're talking Palo Alto, but it's not tablecloths --- simple counter service.
The spicy hot chocolate there is one of the best around, according to my girlfriend who has made a study, although she prefers the traditional french style at the place in Los Gatos. Coupa Cafe's second to that.
CC's probably a once a month place for casual dinner for us, especially on cold nights when thoughts turn to hot chocolate. Not really a destination, though.
I had a sandwich at Sol in San Rafael recently that had sliced beef, avocado, cheese, some type of mayonnaisy sauce and grilled onions on toasted plaintains that was good. Maybe not quite what you described but a good sandwich with similar ingredients. Each table holds bottles of a vinegary hot sauce that punched up the flavor in a good way.
My DC had a daily special of chicken pieces (roasted? anyhow, dry, not brothy) with rice, plantains and salad that he enjoyed and was a portion that he couldn't finish.
Edit: it was the Bistec sandwich, ordered on tostones, listed as their gluten free option. Sauce is garlic mayonnaise.
Sol Food Puerto Rican Cuisine
901 Lincoln Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901