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Friday 8 May 2020

La Maria Colombian Restaurant


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The colors of the Colombian flag are no strangers to the restaurants that serve the food and culture of the country throughout the United States and beyond. A bright sign facing a high-speed section of Victory Boulevard announces the restaurant in yellow, blue, and red, as does the brightly painted facade behind it.

It is more likely that you enter through the rear of the restaurant and its small parking lot, but there are plenty of the same colors back there, as well as the terracotta roofing decor that is found both outside and within. The tables alternate the three colors with bright tablecloths. Little motifs of houses, paintings showing colonial architecture and scenes from back home set the rest of the mood.

In the morning, there may be no quicker way to a Colombian's heart than the plate shown above, an order of frijoles calentados ($10.50), which is served with both huevos pericos and a cheese arepa. The former is often paired together, and mentioned on the menu, the arepa came as an unmentioned bonus! Regardless, for the price it is quite a filling hearty breakfast any day of the week.

While the namesake of the breakfast order might simply just mean "heated beans," there is much more to them than that. Calentado is also the word used when talking about a traditional Colombian breakfast in general, and that will always include the a mixture of beans and rice made from the leftovers of yesterday's dinner.

Huevos pericos are almost as simple and just as delicious, scrambled eggs mixed with tomatoes and green onion. Along with the arepa, a block of white cheese sits on the plate as well. Add a wonderful cup of cafรฉ con leche ($3.25, not shown), and the perfect breakfast sits in front of you.

After breakfast, and especially on weekends, La Maria livens up with Colombians from the Valley who come in for food and football. It is one of the few places around town that you can catch Colombian league matches later in the day, as well as all the more popular European leagues.

NORTH HOLLYWOOD San Fernando Valley
10516 Victory Blvd

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