Okay, you might be asking yourself one of two things: “there are Colombian restaurants around here?” And “what’s Colombian cuisine like?” Answers, respectively: yes. And: awesome. Colombian food isn’t extra spicy. Like other South American cuisines -- Argentine and Brazilian, say -- it’s more about the meat than the hot pepper. There are platters designed for people who need to get filled up. These are specials at La Fonda, some of them come with rice and beans, a big sweet plantain, a hunk of fried pork belly (sort of a weaponized bacon) and piece of steak, all topped with a fried egg (!!). It’s a pretty rad helping of food. What some would call an adult portion. If you really want to get your meat on -- and to sample one of Franklin Avenue’s wonders -- try the homemade sausage, which has a distinctive cumin flavor. Co-owner Tony Perez says that there are a lot of restaurants in the area that try to offer food from a handful of countries in Central and South America, but he and his team think Colombian cuisine deserves to be showcased. “I don’t want to be a place that loses its focus,” says Perez. You can however get a little bit of a more eclectic taste of things at the restaurant’s Latin karaoke night on Thursdays, where you’ll find the area’s Colombians, Dominicans and Peruvians getting festive.
Winner of the Best Colombian Restaurant Award in the Hartford Advocate Best Of Readers' Poll 2012