During the past several weeks, I’ve been spending a lot of time down in Miami Lakes, and as a result, I’ve had the opportunity to check out some of the local eateries in the area. Generally, if you stay away from the fast food chains and visit the places with all the trucks parked nearby, you’re probably going to be in for a treat because of the heavy Cuban and Hispanic influence in the area, and they really know what to do with food. I’m happy to report that I found such a place. Two actually, but just one that I’ll describe today.
Yarumba! It sounds like a hot, steamy, Hispanic Salsa Dance; and I’m here to say, the food is as satisfying as such a dance might be. Located about a third of a mile west of El Dorado Furniture on the south side of SR826, (aka NW 167th St. and Palmetto Blvd.) Yarumba is a great place to eat before or after you visit my friend Gustavo Perez at El Dorado Furniture to find something new to add to your Casa.
The first time I visited Yarumba, I opted for the Sancocho Dominicano, (Dominican Soup). When it arrived and I saw the size of the bowl, I started wondering how many others might be joining me because you could almost swim in it. Glad I didn’t though, because this soup was just amazing with chunks of Yucca, delectable Beef, (I swear it was Oxtail) and several other veggies swimming in a broth that, while it wasn’t what I’d call spicy, it politely woke up my taste buds. The accompanying dish of white rice added nicely to an already smooth body and texture of the broth.
Several of us decided to visit again the other day, and they just out did themselves. While I considered another round of the 'Sancocho,’ I remembered that the Sopa de Pollo, (Chicken Soup) had also looked inviting, so that is where I went on this visit. I’ve had Chicken Soup before, good Chicken Soup I might add; however this has to be some of the best Chicken Soup in Miami. Delicious, loaded with veggies and a ton of chicken, and the ever present side of rice was mui bueno. One of my associates also ordered the 'Mofongo’ with beef dish, which among other things had plantains in the mix. At his urging, I sampled it; now I don’t really speak Spanish, but “Mofongo” must translate to delicious, because this was 'to die for’ yummy. The only 'problem’ with it was that I wanted a whole lot more of it, pero; no ai tiempo. Next time I’m in the area, you can bet where I’ll be having lunch or maybe dinner.
And no discussion of this establishment would be complete without mentioning the staff. All of them excellent; however our server Lupe, was a sweet and attentive as she is drop dead gorgeous.
The combination of generous sized servings, delicious food, and terrific staff earns Yarumba all 5 of The Patriots Press Stars.
They are located at 4740 NW 167th Street in Miami, FL 33014 and their phone number is 305 622 9700.