Sunday, January 24, 2016

Las Delicias de la Abuela - Doraville Atlanta Georgia

You can find Las Delicias de la Abuela at 5499 Buford Highway NE, Doraville, GA 30340 across from a large QT just South of I285. The building has had many restaurants at the same location including several Mexican - from what I recall it originally held a Del Taco - the building still has that same shape and appearance from the street. Parking is in a lot that surrounds the building and it can be a bit difficult to get to from the North as BufHy is divided to provide turning lanes to I285. The restaurant is a bit on the small side which harkens back to its fast-food roots - on one occasion while I visited there was a guy singing classic Colombian tunes but that may have been the exception rather than a regular thing.

Las Delicias is a Colombian restaurant featuring several variations of food from that South American country. It's interesting that it's only about a block from a well established Colombian restaurant, La Casona which you can see from the entryway of Las Delicias. I rank this restaurant about on par with La Casona, slightly better if food, quality and portions than Casa Viejo (the first Colombian restaurant I was aware of in Atlanta) and below Kiosco's (which is the best I've had in the region). The food is fresh and the barbeque good - not very smokey but in general tasty - I think the beef and chicken is better than the pork. I've eaten here a few times with parties of two to sixteen or so.

The menu is quite extensive with many options including some interesting drink options based on juices - most of these are way too sweet for me to I pass. Of the ones I've tried I liked the Mango the best. They also have a small selection of beer here with no stand-outs. One thing that Las Delicias does that's interesting is offer several breakfast options - make sure you take a look if breakfast food is yer thang. Oh and yes they have hot dogs, in case you were wondering.

We usually start off with an empanada or two and these are exceptional. The Empanada Hawaiana looks interesting but I haven't tried it. I also like the cheese-filled arepa which is quite a bit better than the un-cheesed version - a bit more like a grilled-cheese-sandwich.


I think the whole fish (tilapia) is a favorite among my Colombian friends - also my friend D'ontreye introduced me to the cheese-filled arepa.

I usually order the Bandeja de la Abuela paisa which includes beans, chicharron, eggs, avocado, steak beef, sweet plantain, sausage and rice. Or for slightly less you can get the same but with either sausage or chicharron. This is one of those dishes that just about every Colombian restaurant offers - it provides a lot of variety and you can use it as a yardstick towards food quality. It's quite good here.

The other item I've had that's interesting is the Picada la Abuela - it's basically a bit platter of fried and grilled items including: chicharron, chicken breast, blood sausage, pork ribs, arepa and empanada with criolla sauce on the side and an occasional french fry. It's something that's easy to share and at $11 you get to try a lot of items - I didn't care too much for the blood sausage, just not may thing.

The beans here come in bowls instead of floating on the plate and the rice sides come as stacked up cylinders - kudos to whomever made the decision to do this as it's harder than it looks. I haven't had the soups or stews but have tasted a few and they are quite good - easy to make a meal from a bowl.

Service was kind of half-and-half - basically good when you can get someone to come by but no one is in a rush to get something for you - even the food takes time to make it to the table once ordered. They seem to be at a loss for big tables so I'd recommend no more than 6 in your party with 4 being the ideal number. The place is fairly clean and usually super busy - one more thing to mention, for lunch there are several trucks with trailers so even when the parking looks reasonable it will surprise you be being not.

-- John

(also posted to Yelp)
Las Delicias de la Abuela Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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