PHOTO BY MI PUEBLITO VIEJO

For that Colombian friend or Colombian food lover that salivates once they hear words such as chicharron and bandeja paisa.

By: Victoria Certain

Mi Pueblito Viejo
Location: Westchester
Address: 8285 SW 40 st. Miami, FL 33155
Meal type: Traditional Colombian cuisineDinner & weekend brunch, closed Monday and Tuesday
Ambiance: Casual 
Background music: Colombian music, they also have live music and show

What to wear: Casual spot, both men and women can wear jeans with a nice top. On date night, ladies can throw on a LBD (little black dress) to impress.

What to expect: The restaurant has old school and quirky decorations in all directions. It has an “Andres Carne de Res” (google it) vibe. The ceilings are paved with artificial flora and ornaments and all tables are covered with random photography of guests.

The Menu: The menu at Mi Pueblito Viejo has a large variety of dishes, including bandejas pueblito (similar to bandeja paisa), fish, churrascos, sancochos (typical Colombian soups), arepas, chicharron and much more.

What to order: The key to Mi Pueblito Viejo is to share. Unless, the hangover is real and you’re looking for hearty flavors. Their sancocho (available on weekends) will do the trick.

Arepas: We loved the arepa with chicharron (pork rind) and cheese, a twist on this one is the gorditas de gonzalo, same concept but they add ripe plantains to the mix.

Empanadas: The beef and chicken empanandas are made in a traditional Colombian stew. The empanadas come out perfectly cooked, crunchy exterior and perfectly juicy inside.

Bandeja Pueblito viejo: What us Colombians like to call, a bandeja paisa.  This can be shared between two people especially if you get appetizers. Large dish that brings rice, beans, pork rinds, egg, ground beef and fried sweet plantains.

Brevas con queso/ Arequipe: For dessert, get the most typical dessert on the menu, brevas (figs) with cheese or arequipe (The Colombian version of dulce de leche).

Note: They have certain dishes that are only available during weekends, such as the famous sancocho (traditional Colombian soup), fish soup and posta rellena AKA stuffed pot roast.

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How to score a table: Reservations are accepted ALMOST everyday, Saturdays no reservations are accepted, only walk-ins. Reservation # 305-551-4650