Puerto Rican eatery brings Caribbean culture to Crestview

Published: Monday, June 2, 2014 at 10:50 AM.

"We speak the same language but the food is completely different. It is less spicy but it has a special taste that makes it Caribbean."

The restaurant, which held its grand opening Sunday, features a simple menu of island dishes.

Combos include yellow or white rice with chicken, pork chops or beefsteak, and sides including red beans, sweet yellow plantains, and fried mashed green plantains called tostones.

Specialties include chicken or pork mofongo — mashed, seasoned green plantains — and pork or chicken skewers.

Flan, a light custard with caramel sauce, is Alvarez-Ortiz's special dessert, available in vanilla, cream cheese, Nutella, guava, coconut and pineapple.

"I spend a lot of time making sure the caramel sauce is just right," she said. "If you cook it too long, it is bitter."

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