Kibbee Nayee Posted April 21, 2010 Share Posted April 21, 2010 Lo and behold, the Backlick area of Springfield defined by Brookfield Plaza and nearby plazas up and down and across Backlick is home to some decent, even above-average food from Korea, Thailand, Peru, Vietnam, India, Pakistan, Greece....and now, Bolivia! Yes, saltenas are to be had in Springfield! I visited El Sabor Boliviano for lunch today, and was confronted with a vast menu of Bolivian items, including "platos de la fin de semana" or weekend plates. I'll get to the rest of the menu on subsequent visits, but today I had to tuck into a beef saltena, a chicken saltena and a cheese empanada. The people running the place did not have enough mastery of the English language to help me figure out the "merger" with Village Chicken, but apparently all of Village Chicken's menu items are also available here. The saltenas were very good. The crust was about the standard, like I had at Tutto Bene, with a bit of crunch and sweetness. Inside, both the chicken and the beef version were loaded with juices -- be careful if you get carry out and try to eat it in your car! -- and were filled with meat (a bit sparse) and potatoes and peas and hard-cooked eggs...and...a single olive (with pit!) in each one. The cheese empanada was also good, with a nice cheesy flavor but hardly-visible cheese. But the three items, with a coke, came to just under eight bucks, and I left nicely filled and very happy. The menu is vast, with daily specials, soups, weekend specials, and plenty to entice me back a few times. There doesn't appear to be any alcohol on the menu, at least yet, but the news here is that saltenas are now in Springfield, and I'm loving it. [Next door is Spices of Asia Bazaar, and I wandered in for a quick drive-by. What I saw was four aisles of very clean and neatly arranged food products from southern Asia, including an entire wall of beans-rice-flour-grains, and if I knew anything about how to cook this genre of food, I'd be here regularly. I couldn't help but imagine that if this place had a halal butcher in the back, it would probably drive about a half dozen halal markets in the general area out of business.] Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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