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:
Aug 2017 - Puyero Venezuelan Flavor (524 S. 4th Street) is expanding its offerings of Venezuelan street food with the addition of four varieties of cachapas officially starting this week. Cachapas join Puyero's line-up of casual eats that include arepas, patacones, tequenos, yuca, mandacas, churros and chicha.
Cachapas are a key item in Venezuela's street food and road stands. They are made of ground sweet corn, mixed into a thick batter and cooked like pancakes. A classic way to eat them is with white cheese and nata (latin sour cream). They can also be stuffed with pork, shredded beef or chicken.
"We aim to deliver the full street experience so it was only a matter of time for us to bring the cachapa to the menu," said co-owner Simon Arends.
Simon's brother and co-owner Gil Arends added, "Cachapas and nata mix perfectly! Its a street food classic."
Puyero will add four varieties to the menu to start, with specials and others to be added down the road. Current varieties include:
** Clasica - Corn fritter pancake with white cheese, topped with nata
** Jamon y Queso - Corn fritter pancake with white cheese, smoked ham, topped with nata
** Todera - Corn fritter pancake with white cheese, your choice of chicken, shredded beef or pork, topped with nata
** Pernil - Corn fritter pancake with white cheese, pork, tomato lettuce, topped with nata
All of the above are available for $6.50 to $8.50 every day for lunch and dinner daily starting Tuesday, August 22, 2017. For more information about Puyero, visit http://www.puyeroflavor.com/ or call (267) 928-4584.
“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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