Bull's Balls at Yambo, Home of Top-Notch Neighborhood Nicaraguan Fare
|photo by Ivan Lopez|
|Slurp up bulls' balls soup on Fridays!|
Yambo, which means "good morning," has been around since 1983. With platos tipicos and a solid breakfast menu along with gigantic cups of fresh juices ($3 for a 32-ounce cup), this place will stuff you so that you'll stay well after the sun rises. So why not try the carne asada ($6.50) which comes with rice and beans and fried sweet plantains.
Both outdoor and indoor dining are available -- on my visit, a little boy was twirling sparklers in broad daylight. It was a reminder that this place explodes with color and sound.
Inside you'll find a country rustic interior and old finca, or farm-style interior, complete with bar stools carved into the shape of horses' rears. Leopard skin hangs from a wood hut canopy above a family-style table and the long bar is adorned with clay pottery and warm-colored ceramics.
A large old jukebox towards the back belts out intervals of romantic Latin ballads and Nicaraguan decor covers every nook and cranny of the interior space -- so as you wait for your rib soup with bulls' balls (available on "Fryday" for $5.50) take a good hard look around you. This may be the only way you'll see something like this without buying a plane ticket to Nicaragua.
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