Philadelphia, PA - The City of brotherly Love is home to numerous restaurants dishing up various ethnic cuisines and flavors that intrigue the most curious pallets. Adding to the mix is a new Venezuelan restaurant called Puyero Venezuelan Flavor on South Street Headhouse District.
This casual spot, with colorful décor will surely brighten anyone’s day. The staff is warm and friendly which adds to its relaxing, welcoming atmosphere. The menu allows the diner to experience the best of Venezuela’s staple dishes. From Arepas to churros, every bite takes you on vacation to this South American country.
Puyero serves Venezuelan street food with a special focus on the arepa - the quintessential Venezuelan plate - and the patacon - a sandwich made from plantains. Savory sides include the Venezuelan favorite tequeños - cheese wrapped with dough which is later deep fried - which goes great with the house-made sauces. There is also the very richly flavored mandocas - a combination of corn flour, plantains and a hint of cinnamon topped with salty white cheese and cream. Plus, don't miss the fried yucca served with guasacaca - an avocado based mix.
"We feel privileged to have the opportunity to work with our family," said Simon. "These are the people that have been with you for the longest time. They are the people that you trust the most and you know what to expect from them. They want to see you succeed just as much as they want to succeed themselves. We feel it is very special to have the opportunity to work with each other."
Puyero also serves traditional sweet and tropical drinks, perfect for those hot South Street days (and nights):* Papelon con limon - sugar cane sweetened water with lemon
- Chicha - a rice based, kind of shake with cinnamon
- Cilantro lemonade - a twist on the lemonade adding a touch of cilantro
- Tamarind juice - made from tamarind fruit with simple syrup.Other juices and drinks will be added based on seasonal fruit selections available
Puyero also offers some great sauces to spice up your order. The green mayo is the kind of sauce that one might find when they are eating in street carts. Pink sauce sriracha, and chipotle ketchup are spicy twists on typical sauces used for traditional sides. Papaya hot sauce is sweet and spicy.
"In Venezuela we like to put sauces on our food. We like to grab the container and spray all that sauce on sides (tequenos and pastelitos), arepas, empanadas, burgers, hotdogs, anything you can think of...we have four sauces right now," said Simon.
So whats next for Puyero? Down the road, look for special theme nights and dishes. Special theme nights or weeks based on Venezuelan holidays as well. We want to be able to promote cultural events and musical events in the future, both in the space and maybe outside our dining room as well. Also, look for the launch of lunch and brunch items, and rotating menu items.
News Specials and Events:
Nov 2017 - Puyero Venezuelan Flavor (524 S 4th St) is giving thanks for the opportunity to fill their Venezuelan arepas with tons of tasty leftovers! Puyero owners Gil and Simon Arends and Gil's wife Manuela Villasmil give thanks to the American custom of Thanksgiving by cooking up Thanksgiving turkey and gravy and creating their own new tradition for Venezulans and customers living in the US.
While back in Venezuala they don't celebrate the holiday, here in the United Stated many Venezualans do celebrate Thanksgiving with their friends and family. Puyero's Thanksgiving Left-Overs bring together the best of both worlds - and let Gil, Simon and Manuela do what they do best - offer even more arepas to South Street and Philadelphia!
Puyero's Thanksgiving Left-Overs with Thanksgiving inspired Venezuelan dishes start this week and runs through Thanksgiving Weekend until Sunday, November 26, 2017. This includes a sweet potato arepa stuffed with turkey, gravy and brussels sprouts, plus the cachapas made with sweet corn which goes perfectly with turkey and gravy. Puyero will also debut mini chocolate arepas with apple, cinnamon and whipped cream.
“It’s the perfect occasion to mix a bit of both cultures," said Simon. “Venezuelan food is very flexible. It allows us to play with our food style and Thanksgiving flavors," said Gil. Manuela added, “In our home we don’t eat the Thanksgiving leftover sandwich, we eat the Thanksgiving leftover arepa. I’m sure most of the Venezuelan households in the US do the same.”
During Thanksgiving Left-overs Puyero will also introduce a winter warm-up with Andino-style hot chocolate - which will be available all winter.
- Gobble-Gobble Arepa - Sweet potato stuffed with turkey and gravy, brussel sprouts, and side of cranberry sauce
- Turkey Day Cachapa - Sweet corn pancake with turkey and gravy, mozzarella and a side of cranberry sauce
- Thanksgiving Chocolate Arepas - 3 chocolate mini arepa stuffed with apple and cinnamon topped with whip cream
- Andes Style Hot Chocolate - Thick hot chocolate with a hint of cinnamon
Pueryo will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and re-open on Black Friday at 5:00pm. Puyero will be open regular hours all other days around Thanksgiving.
524 South 4th Street,
Philadelphia, PA, 19147
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