El Porton Cafe--Leawood KS (JoCo)
I took my mom for dinner tonight at this relatively new restaurant in a strip mall off Roe, just north of 107th. They were hoppin' with business, probably because of the recent Groupon. This place attracts a varied crowd, and a few toted bottles, as I don't think they have a license yet. The service is a bit awkward, and the dining room a bit chilly, but we were warmed up as soon as the food arrived.
SO good! I had carne asada, a generous serving of marinated skirt steak with a chimichurri sauce on the side, as well as rice, creamy black beans, sweet plaintain, and a tasty little mixed greens salad with cheese and a delicious dressing. My mom's chicken stuffed arepa wasn't the least bit greasy, and was accompanied by plaintains, rice, beans, and avocado for the combo price. She said her only complaint was that the masa was perhaps a little too lean for her taste, and that next time she'd order the version with avocado and cheese as well as chicken for the filling. We were too full to order dessert, and I still have enough rice, plaintain, and beef for lunch tomorrow. It may sound odd, but the black beans were the star of the night. Just delicious, highly recommended, and how they make them taste so good and yet remain vegetarian? We'll probably never know. But, we'll be back for more.
I got takeout last week from El Porton - had the lechon asada (roast pork) with black beans and rice. No plantains came with my order which was disappointing but the pork and the black beans were absolutely delicious. The pork was really flavorful and juicy - totally like the great Cuban food I had living in South Florida. I also got a cafe con leche - fantastic.
Gave it a try this past Thursday with my wife....no one was there but us.
The decor is indeed "chilly" Some of the tables and chairs looked like cheap cafeteria furnishings, but the other 1/2 of the restaurant has decent tables and chairs..but overall a cold environment (with cheap paintings for sale on the walls).
However, the food was very good. Wife had the skirt steak and it was delicious. The sauce was great and the side dishes very satisfying.
I had the Cubano and it was wonderful. The baguette bread was first rate and I really enjoyed it.
We're going back!!! Hope they have beer by then.
re: Melanie Wong
That used to be a Salvadoran restaurant. Man, they had great papusas. I haven't tried El Porton yet, next time I'm in KC I'll have to give it a shot.
Next door is Brobeck's Barbecue. Their spareribs are the best in KC in my opinion. Good burnt ends too. I highly recommend them.
4671 Indian Creek Pkwy, Overland Park, KS 66207