Friday, May 20, 2011

Man o Latin Bistro Boasts Wide Variety, Home Cooked Recipes 3-29-2011

Mango Latin Bistro
by Olivia Hefner
     Latin music seeps from the door to the front porch of the Mango Latin Bistro, while small groups gather around the four top tables inside.  Muted colors wash the walls, where pops of large, hand-painted canvases sit. The smells of spices hang in the air and the rich scents of the food fill the room with a warm, comforting feel.
    Mango Latin Bistro, located downtown at 701 Market St., offers Latin fair, and all of the recipes are either from the owner or her mother. The artwork on the walls is also a creation of the owner’s mother. The menu offers a wide selection of food, plenty to satisfy vegetarians and meat eaters alike.
    The appetizers are all mouth watering and delicious, but the Nachos Caribeños (Caribbean Nachos) are the best. Stacked with plantain chips, chicken sauce, cheese and fresh avocado – this appetizer is plenty for a full table. It’s also very filling and could easily stand in place of a traditional entrée.
    Each day the restaurant offers different specials. Be sure to ask or follow them on Facebook, as they announce different specials throughout the week and other items of interest. The specials are great and often include a serving of salad. The salads are chocked full of fresh lettuce and other seasonal vegetables.
    Churrasco a la Parrila (grilled flank steak) is the first thing to order.  The steak is perfectly marinated and is served with a chimichurri sauce. The steak is succulent and oh-so-tender. Most entrees are served with yellow rice, which is a perfect compliment to the steak.
  Saving the best for last may sound cliché, but at Mango it’s the truth. Dessert at Mango is a one-of-a-kind experience. The desserts that this restaurant has to offer help to make it a truly specialty place. Guava purses are one of the signature desserts offered, but are only available occasionally. If they’re there, order those. A piece of guava is wrapped in dough and deep-fried just enough to melt the fruit. It’s served with a vanilla bean ice cream and dusted with powdered sugar.
    Also, they offer pumpkin fritters. These little bites will melt in the mouth and delight the senses. They also smell like a fresh-baked pumpkin pie. It’s served with vanilla bean ice cream and caramel sauce. It’s really worth ordering.
            For a one of a kind experience, great food and an inviting atmosphere, Mango Latin Bistro is the place to go.  For any further information call (304) 834-3927

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