Provecho Bistro Latino
|Provecho's empanada Colombiana: $1.75|
opened its doors on 15th Street off of Alton Road a few months ago (in the space where Cha Cha Cha Cafe performed a rather short dance). It attracted little notice in the local food media, surprising because it comes from the same owners as El Rancho Grande
, the long time Mexican restaurant on South Beach (now on 72nd Street in the Normandy Isles neighborhood). I've had breakfast and lunch at Provecho so far, and this much I can say: The Rancho folks do a better job with Latin American cuisine than they do with Mexican fare.
|Arepa con queso y pollo: $3.50|
The breakfast I tried, huevos rancheros, is, um, Mexican -- yet it's not only tasty but a real good deal. A pair of fried corn tortillas are topped with fried eggs, tomato-chile sauce, white cheese, sliced avocado and bacon. The price, $7, includes a cup of Colombian coffee and milk.
Eight appetizers ($1.75 to $8) include a very flavorful fried beef empanada Colombiana
(the owners are from Colombia), the crunchy corn wrap encasing minced meat ($1.75); it comes with a garlic-cilantro dip. Arepa con queso
is a pancake-size rendition topped with savorily cooked shreds of pulled chicken (beef is also available) -- delicious, although there isn't much cheese ($3.50). Diners may also opt to start with fried plantain topped with guacamole and ceviche; yucca poppers stuffed with jalapeño and cheese; and shrimp cocktail.
1120 15th St., Miami Beach, FL