I happened to mention to Migui, the other day, that I had a willy for some Colombian food, and she told me she had just the place, so we headed out to Jackson Heights, to Natives Restaurant. The meal that was to follow was nothing short of rapturous, delightfully seasoned, served piping hot, and attractively served.
We started out with some Colombian empanadas, which had a crust similiar to the catibias that I tasted in the DR this past summer, and then we had the Picada Paisa which brings carne frita, chorizo, chicharron, tostones, yuca, potato, arepita, celery, carrots, and blue cheese (whew!). This was enough for a party of six, and that is not an exaggeration.
I don’t know what they do to it, but the best chicharron I find seems to be in Colombian restaurants (look at the close up). Crispy, salty with just the right amount of fat (my guilty pleasure!), it’s almost too good to have more than twice a year!. We rounded out our order with a Bandeja Paisa (that came with chicharron, avocado, rice, beans sweet plantain, fried egg, and carne asada), the Roast Chicken with arepita (this was some of the best roast chicken I have had in Queens…well seasoned, juicy and delicious, it was worth the trek on the BQE!!), and the Lenos al Carbon (think really good BBQ!). The waiter brought over a side of Papas a la Crema, that inspired last month’s exclusive website recipe, and was the definition of comfort food! The waiter looked at Migui and I like we were bananas!
Needless to say, we passed on dessert, but stopped by to peek at the dessert case which held Tres Leches and layer cake, but with entrees that are sooo good, it was not an effort to skip the sweets!
8222 Northern Blvd.
Jackson Heights, NY
718 335 0780