Take a Trip along the Honduran Coast with Authentic Dishes from Honduras' Kitchen in Long Beach

By Shindler, Merrill | Daily News (Los Angeles, CA), April 23, 2014 | Go to article overview

Take a Trip along the Honduran Coast with Authentic Dishes from Honduras' Kitchen in Long Beach


Shindler, Merrill, Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)


Honduras' Kitchen

Rating: 2 stars.

Address: 1909 E. 4th St., Long Beach.

Cuisine: This casual cafe offers a rare taste of the Central American country of Honduras, where the food shows influences from both the land's Spanish roots and the Caribbean.

Hours: Lunch and dinner, Mondays-Wednesdays.

Details: Soft drinks. Street parking. Reservations not necessary.

Prices: Appetizers, $2.50-$8.99. Entrees, $5.99-$12.99.

Cards: MC, V.

Information: 562-624-8849, www.honduras-kitchen.com.

The entire coast of Honduras is along the Caribbean so it's no surprise to find that the cooking of Honduras has as many roots in Caribbean cuisine. Indeed, it's also a mix of the dishes of the indigenous Lenca and Garifuna Indians and African cooking - there's a lot of stuff going on here.

It's often eaten over rice and it's so well loved in Honduras a local group called Banda Blanca had a big hit titled, "Sopa de Caracol." It was written by Belizean singer Herman "Chico" Ramos and has even been recorded by Puerto Rican singer Elvis Crespo and Cuban rapper Pitbull. You see what I mean about Honduran being an international cuisine?

There are baleadas on the menu here as well. Baleadas are the quintessential Honduran street food - essentially a quesadilla - made by filling a flour tortilla with refried beans, Honduran crema and grated dry cheese, then folding it closed. Down there, it also comes with roasted meats and avocado with scrambled eggs and plantains. There are whole streets dedicated to baleadas; it's a local obsession.

The restaurant is sort of cute, in a wacky rec room sort of way. It's painted a fair number of glow-in-the-dark colors, with a big map of Honduras on one wall. There are paintings on other walls, along with a big screen TV, which helps with the rec room feel. The floor is concrete, which is probably why the noise can be intense. Oh, and you enter through a kind of door-within-a-door. …

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