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Holy Guacamole!

A trip to Venezuela via Valencia Luncheria in Norwalk, CT.

"You have to live life to its full chorizo." Mario Batali

Today we traveled to Valencia Luncheria (www.valencialuncheria.com) in Norwalk, CT, 06850 (203-846-8009), to sample some authentic Venezuelan Beach Food.

When we arrived, we noticed the hordes of people entering and exiting the restaurant. Valencia Luncheria was bustling!!!! After we were seated, we were immediately greeted by a very business-like waitress who showed us to our table. The restaurant was very bright and had a very fun and colorful atmosphere. 

For my drink order, I slurped a berry Batido (a sweet smoothie, with cool milk and ice).To start our meals, we got Freshly Smashed Guacamole that was extremely creamy and spiced to perfection. Along with the Guacamole they brought us homemade salty tortilla chips to dip with.

In addition we ordered starchy, crunchy Yucca Fries (a little bit like very fat french fries).  These were quite bland, but satisfying.  They were best right out of the fryer.  As they sat, they got tough.

For our main meal we tasted many things. We ordered a combination plate called "The Works".

The Works included a Cubano Empanada. It was a warm crisp Empanada filled with succulent ham over juicy shredded pork and smothered in smooth delicious Swiss cheese. There was a Arepa filled with tender juice filled pork, crisp fried plantains, a small taste of moist Ceviche and a mound of delicious Black Beans and Rice.

We enjoyed an El Lado Sur (an Arepa erupting with gooey Manchego cheese, spinach and a silky, fried egg on top), with a side of home fries and more Black Beans and Rice.

The Real Deal Arepa (over-flowing with tender, spicy Chorizo and a flaccid, floppy piece of mozzarella beneath) as well as another Cubano Empanada was my choice.

I did not love The Real Deal Arepa very much because of the horribly soggy piece of cheese, but the Empanada was wonderful.

The last  Arepa was the Zach (crunchy skinned fried chicken, covered in sweet, rich honey).  It was tasty.

The atmosphere of Valencia Luncheria was very bright and inviting and the value was just the same. It only cost a small amount of money for the huge amount of food we ordered. The waitress was not too enthusiastic or bubbly, but she was helpful.

Overall the restaurant was quite good besides the floppy piece of cheese and the unfriendly service. I would rate it  ZZZZ= 4 Z's= Good.

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Jack Roberts January 08, 2013 at 11:15 AM
The food network gave it an excellent review, this place is awesome and have never had a bad meal there.
Jennifer Davis January 08, 2013 at 11:47 AM
My family & I eat here often. The food is great and so is the service! They are always busy. That says a lot!
Joan January 08, 2013 at 11:54 AM
They catered my birthday party along with mojitos and margs and everything was excellent.
Michelle Tichauer January 08, 2013 at 02:37 PM
A great place for vegetarians. The food is always delicious and fresh. Love to eat outside weather permitting!
happy girl January 08, 2013 at 02:38 PM
I need to stop reading Asher's blogs, they make me so hungry!
Connie Dickerson January 09, 2013 at 04:21 PM
Why not include the street address in the review?
sam January 09, 2013 at 06:11 PM
Connie - if you clicked on the hyper link in the article it brings you to the Norwalk Patch and shows you the address....http://norwalk.patch.com/listings/luncheria-valencia Valencia Luncheria 172 Main St Norwalk, CT 06851 203-846-8009 Copied it for you since you seemed incapable of doing it yourself...whitepages.com works wonders too! Plus the added the phone number and you could have simply called them to get the address. Technology these days! WOW
Christine January 10, 2013 at 03:36 PM
I agree with Connie. It is not a matter of whether one is able to source the address/phone themselves...it is a matter of 'why not make it easier for the reader'...it does not cost anything. :-)
Karen January 11, 2013 at 03:35 PM
All these incredible posts but nothing qnout their addicting green sauce. You can put their green sauce on a shoe and make it edible. Valencia is our go to place for lunch and Sunday brunch. I've loved this place since it was a hole in the wall down the street.
R. Ludlowe January 11, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Nothing like a smart-ass to help with an innocent question. Nice work, Sam!
Glen K Dunbar January 11, 2013 at 08:39 PM
I drive by it all the time. I may pop in one day. Though, I am partial to my favorite and only hang out really. But, maybe one day. Glen
Charlene January 11, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Glen, variety is the spice of life!
Asher Zelson January 12, 2013 at 02:36 PM
Thanks for all the comments!

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