When a half dozen people bring up the name of a new restaurant within a week, I take notice—as do my taste buds.
Recently I followed the advice of my food informants and headed to Salsa Rosada. I even had an authority on Colombian food with me (JC, my son-in-law, who grew up in Bogota).
The Midtown restaurant dishes up an eclectic menu of foods, that chef/co-owner Mandy Estrella spent years learning to cook in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Colombia.
An Older Sister
Because it’s always good to have a guiding sibling, four-month-old Salada Rasada can call upon its four-year old “sister” in Lafayette Square for a success story. I’ve not been been to Mayo Ketchup yet, but definitely have it on my “Must-Try” list.
Some customers want to know how the restaurant names came into being, which Mandy is happy to tell. The Spanish term means Pink Sauce. The famed condiment can be found on tables throughout the Caribbean. Some cooks add garlic, lime/lemon, hot sauce, Worcestershire, or cayenne pepper.
Come to think of it, my mother used to make something she called cocktail sauce, that had mayo, ketchup and relish. It was especially good on fried foods, seafood, even French fries.
Salsa Rosada: 3135 Olive Street, Midtown, (fast casual Venezuelan, Colombian, Dominican Republic). Open: Tue-Sat 11a=8p; Closed Sun-Mon.
Mayo Ketchup: 2001 Park Ave., near Lafayette Park. (fast casual Puerto Rican, Dominican Republic, and Cuban)
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