Barrio Latino: 3585 NE 207 Street, Suite C-1 Aventura, FL 33180
Barrio Latino is a restaurant in Aventura that is a mix of Cuban and Argentinian foods. Their restaurant is located in a nice strip mall shopping center off of Federal Highway. There is plenty of parking and if the restaurant is busy you can easily wait outside or in. I was with a group from work that meets up for lunch on a regular basis, and we chose Barrio Latino for this day to give it a try. Several table and booths line the restaurant along with a small bar in the front. Be careful of the six-person booth really doesn’t fit six people very comfortably.
Barrio Latino serves up an amazing Cuban style bread that we had. I love the garlic butter used on it and how crunchy it is. We probably went through at least two baskets of bread before we even ordered. After devouring this amazing bread that melts in your mouth, our waiter delivered some fried plantain chips to us. All I can say is WOW! These are not like the ones you might buy in a bag at the grocery store, but just bursting with flavor.
Barrio Latino’s menus is different during lunch than it is for the evening. Up first was the Lechon Asado or pulled oven roasted pork, grilled with onions and garlic mojo sauce. Adriana was in heaven when she ate this dish and felt that the flavor was enhanced by the brown rice and plantains that accompanied the dish. Margie decided that she wanted the Churrasco Brazil, which is a Brazilian style flap steak. She also had the plantains and white rice. Served with the dish is a little cup of chopped onions. This would have been better if the onions were actually grilled. Her steak was cooked to perfection.
My dish was the Chicharron de Pollo or Tender chicken chunks sauteed with garlic and onions. I went very healthy by having the steamed broccoli and french fries as my side. The chicken was extremely tender and had a ton of flavor. Rumaldo had a Texas Burrito that was filled with chicken in a flour tortilla and filled with rice, refried beans. On top was sauce and melted cheese that just oozed all over the plate. He could not even speak he was enjoying it so much. Lastly there was Milanesa De Pollo, breaded chicken breast topped with ham, tomato sauce, and melted mozzarella. A classic favorite at Barrio Latino and Ricardo finished it off in record time.
Pricing: $$ – $$$ for lunch and dinner