Wednesday, February 13, 2008
My buddy J-Rye was up for a visit this past weekend and we hit a few great spots around the city. One of which was Sazon, a Venezuelan restuarant between 9th and 10th on Spring Garden Street. We were actually headed to eat at Vietnam Restaurant, but due to auto show traffic around the convention center, we went further north, and I'm glad for the detour.
We started with a queso empanada, a corn turnover stuffed with fresh cheese and friend in corn oil. The turnover was crunchy on the outside, light and tender on the inside, but oily. I'd order another, but knowing the outside is going to be on the oily side, I'd skip the cheese filling, which only added to the greasy situation.
I'm a huge fan of green plantains, and these were excellent tostones. Topped with a garlic puree after being fried, smashed, and fried again, these plantains were crunchy and had a spicy kick from the garlic.
J-Rye ordered the fish omelet off of the brunch menu. It came out looking more like a fritata, and was chock full of red snapper, cilantro, and potatoes. It also came with salad and two arepas (corn flour patties) stuffed with cheddar cheese. The salad was nothing special, but the omelet was perfectly balanced and the arepas were delicious as well.
I ordered the pernil sandwich. Shredded pork, marinated with onions and orange juice, is piled on top of foccacia bread and topped with lettuce, tomato, and a spicy house sauce. Very yummy and very messy.
I'll be back for more arepas and tostones and to try their famous hot chocolate drinks.
Sazon Restaurant & Cafe
941 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123