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:
Puyero Venezuelan Flavor (524 S. 4th Street) presents Week De La Independencia -- a week-long celebration of American and Venezuelan Independence Days.
The casual quick-serve eatery, located in the heart of South Street Headhouse District, will serve the US's most popular July 4th foods but with a Venezuelan street twist.
The US and Venezuela each celebrate their Independence on back-to-back days. The US on July 4th and Venezuela on July 5th. Puyero owners Gil and Simon Arends, and Manuela Villasmil, want to celebrate the two occasions and bring together the two cultures through their love of food.
From June 30 to July 9, look for a special menu of burgers, hot dogs, shakes (Chicha) and a patacon burger. The Week De La Independencia menu will be available in addition to the standard daily menu. Note Puyero will close for July 4th but be open regular hours other days.
"While walking under the South Street sun, we thought of adding chicha variations to refresh us in the most Venezuelan way possible," said Manuela Villasmil. "This seemed the perfect time to introduce those variations. For the patacon burger, the bread bun is replaced with fried plantains for a tropical version of a burger."
- The Week De La Independencia menu will feature:
- Street Burger - With yellow cheese, white cheese, ham, cabbage, chips, green mayo, ketchup, and mustard. (v) $8.50
- Patacón Burger - two fried plantain as the bun, with yellow cheese, white cheese, ham, cabbage, green mayo, ketchup, and mustard. (v) $9.00
- Perro-Con-Todo - hot dog topped with cabbage, cheese, chips, green mayo, ketchup, mustard. (v) $8.00
- Chicha de Dulce de Leche - rice based shake with dulce de leche and cinnamon topped with cookie crumbs. $3.00
- Chicha de Chocolate - rice based shake with chocolate syrup and cinnamon topped with oreo crumbs. $3.00
(v) Item can be made vegetarian
Burgers and hot dogs are popular in both countries - though in the US they are grilled across the US by day on July 4th, whereas in Venezuela burgers and hot dogs are a widely consumed after-hours as a street meal.
“In Venezuela, after long hours of partying, we always enjoy a good burger, hot dog or pan-con-queso. We feel this is the perfect opportunity to share the Venezuelan street twist on these iconic 4th of July eats.” - said Simon Arends.
524 South 4th Street,
Philadelphia, PA, 19147
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