Holy Guacamole!

“You have to live life to its full chorizo.” Mario Batali

Today we traveled to Valencia Luncheria (www.valencialuncheria.com) in Norwalk, CT, 06850 (203-846-8009), to sample some authentic Venezuelan Beach Food.

You always know its a good stop when the sign is Carolina Blue!

You always know its a good stop when the sign is Carolina Blue!

When we arrived, we noticed the hordes of people entering and exiting the restaurant. Valencia Luncheria was bustling!!!! After we were seated, we were immediately greeted by a very business-like waitress who showed us to our table. The restaurant was very bright and had a very fun and colorful atmosphere.

Bright and Inviting

Bright and Inviting

For my drink order, I slurped a berry Batido (a sweet smoothie, with cool milk and ice).

Refreshing Batido

Refreshing Batido

To start our meals, we got Freshly Smashed Guacamole that was extremely creamy and spiced to perfection. Along with the Guacamole they brought us homemade salty tortilla chips to dip with.

Awesome Guoc

Awesome Guac

In addition we ordered starchy, crunchy Yucca Fries (a little bit like very fat french fries).  These were quite bland, but satisfying.  They were best right out of the fryer.  As they sat, they got tough.

These Yucca Fries were not Yucc-y!

These Yucca Fries were not Yucc-y!

For our main meal we tasted many things. We ordered a combination plate called “The Works”.

My Dad's "The Works" Plate:Empanada, Arepa, Ceviche and Black Beans and Rice

My Dad’s “The Works” Plate:
Empanada, Arepa, Ceviche and Black Beans and Rice

The Works included a Cubano Empanada. It was a warm crisp Empanada filled with succulent ham over juicy shredded pork and smothered in smooth delicious Swiss cheese. There was a Arepa filled with tender juice filled pork, crisp fried plantains, a small taste of moist Ceviche and a mound of delicious Black Beans and Rice.

We enjoyed an El Lado Sur (an Arepa erupting with gooey Manchego cheese, spinach and a silky, fried egg on top), with a side of home fries and more Black Beans and Rice.

El Lado Sur- Sure Good!

El Lado Sur- Sure Good!

The Real Deal Arepa (over-flowing with tender, spicy Chorizo and a flaccid, floppy piece of mozzarella beneath) as well as another Cubano Empanada was my choice.

Empanada was filled with molten goodness, the Chorizo Arepa not so much.

Empanada was filled with molten goodness, the Chorizo Arepa not so much.

I did not love The Real Deal Arepa very much because of the horribly soggy piece of cheese, but the Empanada was wonderful.

The last  Arepa was the Zach (crunchy skinned fried chicken, covered in sweet, rich honey).  It was tasty.

The Zach- Honey Fried Chicken in an Arepa

The Zach- Honey Fried Chicken in an Arepa

The atmosphere of Valencia Luncheria was very bright and inviting and the value was just the same. It only cost a small amount of money for the huge amount of food we ordered. The waitress was not too enthusiastic or bubbly, but she was helpful.

Overall the restaurant was quite good besides the floppy piece of cheese and the unfriendly service. I would rate it  ZZZZ= 4 Z’s= Good.

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3 thoughts on “Holy Guacamole!

  1. Finally, I had the chance to dine here for lunch with my BFF. The restaurant moved from its original location (not sure if the move was pre or post your review) just a half block away. We each had cantaloupe soup (a large bowl) and it was delicious. We split a butter and cheese arepa (did not want to try anything too crazy this time) and the empanadas combo (beef picadillo and spinach and cheese). Both empanadas will be on the repeat list as will the soup. Next time, we’re going for a sweet arepa!

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