Top five Colombian restaurants in Broward County

Colombian food reflects the great and unique culinary culture and the influences behind the South American nation’s dishes. Diving into foods influenced by African, indigenous and Spanish cultures can be a real jam. 

Colombia’s authentic flavors are a combination of sweet, salty and cheesy, but the real gem is the true magic of food ingredients. Some of the most common dishes are meat and chicken empanadas; sancocho, a traditional dish from the Antioquia region of Colombia that combines potatoes, yuca, corn, plantains, and chicken; a chicken soup that often includes sweet corn, herbs, three types of potatoes and beans called ajiaco; and pan de bono, cheese bread. Colombia is not only known for its authentic food, but for being one of the best worlds exporters of coffee. 

Liver steak served with two sides, rice mixed with beans and cornmeal cake, a dish served as a breakfast in El balcon de las Americas. (Yenifer Rivas/SFMN) 

El Balcon de las Americas 
1441 N. State Road 7 
(954) 984-5922 

El Balcon de las Americas is one of the six restaurants the Tobar family owns. Authentic food and a great atmosphere make this place to be one of the most visited, but the pure Latin flavors are what attract people from the county. For the past 20 years, they have gained the reputation of one of the best Colombian restaurants to visit for their flavorful food and friendly staff. A great place to find any Colombian food such as tamales, empanadas and pan de bono. 

Their most popular dish is cooked liver steak topped with grilled onions, served with white rice, red beans, and salad for $13.99. Their hours are Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Sunday they open at 8 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. 

Ceviche mixto, a cold dish of diced fish, calamari, shrimp prawn and octopus seasoned with lime, red onions and Peruvian chili served with sweet potato. (Yenifer Rivas/ SFMN) 

Latinos Restaurant
1754 W. Hillsboro Blvd.
Deerfield Beach 
(954) 428-7411 

The real Colombian food in Deerfield Beach is one of the most popular restaurants to enjoy food, live music and excellent service. They offer a wide variety of appetizers and entrees, their most popular sample platter is just $16.99 and includes cuts of Colombian sausage, steak, fried chicken, pork rind, blood sausage, fried cassava, corn cake, potatoes and diced tomatoes. A delicious spot with great food and all types of desserts such as four milks cake, caramel pudding and rice with milk. The place offers both indoor and outdoor seating and has free parking.

Three types of empanadas at La Antioquena, chicken, meat and cheese. (Yenifer Rivas/SFMN) 

La Antioqueña Café & Restaurant 
5753 N. University Drive 
(954) 721-6303 

Located in Midway Plaza, La Antioqueña Café and Restaurant has been serving delicious Colombian food in Broward County since 2000. La Antioquena is the perfect spot not only for appetizers and desserts but for breakfast. Some popular menu items include baked sweet cornmeal, mixed rice with beans; steak and arepa with cheese 

They offer a variety of lunch specials during the weekdays, prices are pocket-friendly, and portions are reasonable. Buñuelos (fried dough ball) is a must-try, a bakery dessert that is accompanied by coffee. During the weekends this place is the most visited by Colombians, especially because of its pastries and breakfasts. Prices are reasonable, starting at $1.50 and go up to $10. They are open seven days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

A Gordo (fat) Burger Mix with double meat and extra cheese with mayochup. (Yenifer Rivas/SFMN) 

La Perrada Company
3800 N. University Dr. 
(954) 451-5545 

This place offers a variety of 100% real Colombian burgers and hot dogs. A must-try item from their menu is their huge Gordo Burger Mix for $7.75 which includes chicken or beef Burger, with garlic sauce, cilantro sauce, mayochup, pineapple, mustard, chips, cheese, tomato, bacon, shredded beef and chicken. Mondays through Thursdays they

are open from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays open from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. and Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 

La Bandeja Paisa which contains nine ingredients and a frozen coconut lemonade. (Yenifer Rivas/SFMN) 

Colombian Mountains Café 
3330 NE 33rd St.
Fort Lauderdale 
(954) 533- 8192 

An unforgettable experience at the Colombian Mountains Café that attracts customers to try their diversity of flavors. One of the best foods they served is the popular plate the Bandeja Paisa. As shown in the picture their bandeja paisa consists of nine ingredients: two types of Colombian sausage, ground beef, rice, red beans, a fried pork rind called chicharron, a cornmeal cake, a plantain, a slice of avocado and a fried egg. Live music and karaoke night on Fridays and Saturdays make this place even better. 

Their happy hour of sangria, a mixed alcoholic drink made with red wine is on Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Excellent, rich, and creative are the three words to describe this place, not only because of their food but their way to treat customers. From the moment you enter the place, you will receive such great customer service, recommendations about this restaurant are to come in hungry as you will love to try most of their plates and the frozen coconut lemonade which is the best cold drink they make. 

Yenifer is a senior at Florida International University majoring in digital communications and media. After graduation, she plans to work in the radio entertainment industry and work as a radio personality.