Adobo Puerto Rican Cafe, Dallas, TX

Shhh… I tried a new place without C this week.

We had a med student from Puerto Rico interning with us over the summer, so on her last day, we went to the one and only Puerto Rican restaurant in the DFW metroplex.  Who knew Puerto Rican food was so hard to find here?  I racked my brain trying to see if I had any knowledge of Puerto Rico that surpassed the song lyrics in West Side Story, but no.  This would be a new experience for me!

It was a tiny little place in a strip center in Irving, and it was no wonder they told us to come early for lunch! With only 10 or so tables, the place filled up quickly!

I have never had Puerto Rican food before and was surprised by the menu.  Both it’s form (a short grid of entrees on a computer screen – very modern) and it’s content.  There were maybe 16 dishes available, and a solid 90% of them featured green and/or yellow plantains.  Mashed up plantains stuffed with seasoning, chicharones, and some form of grilled beef or pork made up the most common dish: mofongo.

Our intern helped us out by making some suggestions and explaining what everything was and I decided to buck the mofongo trend and went with the canoa de carne molida.  Google has since taught me that this roughly translates to canoe with ground meat.  Cute 🙂  It was basically a cooked yellow plantain, sliced open, and covered with seasoned ground beef and cheese, served with rice, beans, and a small salad. (read: iceberg lettuce and tomato slices, let’s not start my vegetable rant here though…)

Now, I’m not the biggest plantain fan there is (C usually eats mine when we go to Gloria’s.  And then he usually orders extra.) so I was a bit worried about liking the dish.  But it was actually quite good!  The plantain was still a little overpowering on the sweet scale for me, but balanced nicely when eaten with the savory, spicy (not hot spicy, just spicy spicy) meat and the rice.  They also had a little house lime vinagrette for the salad that was quite good. (I’m guessing that’s what it was, there weren’t actually labels on any of the condiments.)

The shop also had a selection of guava cookies and pastries.  I had ordered a pastry to share with C later that evening, and our intern ordered a bunch of cookies for us all to share after lunch.  So kind and very delish!

All in all, a wonderful experience of a new style of cuisine!  If you are in the Irving area, check it out!

K’s rating of Adobo Puerto Rican Cafe: 7/10 mangoes

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