Monday, June 8, 2015

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Calientito

A Spoonful of Sofrito:  A Pinch of advice that will add a lot of flavor to your life!


A few months ago, my friend Fernando recommended that I try this hidden piece of heaven called Calientito in the South Bronx; he had a feeling I would like it.  HE WAS RIGHT!

Fernando is your typical Renaissance genius.  He's a teacher, activist, artist, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Ninja (At least, that's what I call him), and a foodie with excellent taste.  So when he recommended Calientito, I placed it on my "Need to eat there" list.  I knew I could trust his traveled and well seasoned taste buds!  Please forgive that horrific pun!

On my first visit, I ordered my food to go and enjoyed the delicious fare at a training I had in the area.  My second and third visit, were just as hurried.  It wasn't until my fourth visit, when I dined there, that I truly fell in love with the food, ambiance, and service.

I love Calientito's rustic decor with beautiful Caribbean artwork on the walls. I enjoy the Latino Caribbean menu, full of Dominican, Puerto Rican and Mexican dishes.  I deeply appreciate the friendly and welcoming staff that work there.

The Sopa de pollo is rich, warm, and flavorful.

I love the crunchy yucca fries; they're crunchy, starchy, and delicious.

I'm a huge fan of their pernil and arroz con gandules.  The delicious rice paired with the moist and flavorful pernil is an amazing flavor combo that can't be beaten.

Calientito is definitely worth the trek up to the South Bronx.  With Puerto Rican restaurants slowly disappearing in New York City, it's wonderful to find this reminder of how amazing Boricua cuisine can truly be.  Now go taste for yourself.  ¡Buen provecho!

Calientito Deli, Restaurant, and Lounge 
141 Lincoln Ave
Bronx, NY 10454 
Phone: (347) 862-7227 
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