5 Things You Must Order at Andes Cafe

By Amber Ambrose
January 23, 2014
Andes Cafe (2311 Canal St.; 832-659-0063) is the East End’s newest spot, serving breakfast and lunch Monday through Thursday from 7 AM to 3 PM, and dinner through 9 PM Fridays and Saturdays.

The laid-back vibe, vibrant interior, juice bar, great parking and cheap menu have made it an insta-favorite for us. Added bonuses: free WiFi and a BYO policy. They’re never going to get rid of us.

Now that you know the non-food reasons why we love this place, here are four dishes you can’t miss from chef David Guerrero and one very special drink.

1. Andes cappuccino: It’s worth coming back for over and over again. In addition to Katz’s coffee beans used in the espresso and the impeccably frothed milk, there’s a splash of lucuma (a Peruvian fruit) syrup to give it a little something extra.

2. Concha negra ceviche: This refreshing, and massive bowl of traditional Ecuadorian ceviche is made with fresh black clams (an ingredient hard to come by in Houston), pickled red onions, tomatoes, cilantro and olive oil in a marinade of lime juice, ketchup and mustard. The sidecar that comes alongside contains popcorn, fried plantains and toasted corn.

3. Tamal de paiche: Yellow corn dough is stuffed with Amazonian river fish (paiche), eggs and olives and steamed inside a banana leaf. It’s served with the traditional Peruvian accompaniment of pickled red onions, lime, aji pepper and cilantro.

4. Empanada de morocho: A slightly fermented dough of white hominy is filled with pork, rice and vegetables for a simple but satisfying dish.

5. Papa a la Huancaina (pictured): It’s the Peruvian version of potato salad with boiled, sliced potatoes covered in a rich, slightly spicy cheese sauce and topped with sliced boiled eggs and olives.

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