Chilean food in New Jersey?
Inspired by the Chilean mine rescue, I poked around for some Chilean restaurants in NJ. Found two: Valparaiso in Union City and Los Andes Bakery in North Bergen. Has anybody been to these or can anyone recommend others?
201 34th St, Union City, NJ 07087
Los Andes Bakery
7714 Bergenline Ave, North Bergen, NJ 07047
Chilean food is varied and wonderful. For hearty dishes, try a cazuela -- a stew, usually with poultry, that includes potatoes, etc. It's hearty, warming, and very good. The seafood is also excellent. I can recall eating wonderful empanadas stuffed with seafood, for example. I imagine that the seafood is what you'd find at Valparaiso, given that it's named after the port city west of Santiago. I'll need to go check it out...
A friend told me about a place in North Bergen called Zapallar. I know nothing about it so can't comment one way or another.
I used to travel in Chile on business and quite honestly don't have much recollection of the food, except of course for the excellent steaks. I do remember, however, that when we were on the road and stopped at some roadside joint our local representative always indulged in "innards". I refrained!