This past weekend I celebrated my 49th birthday. I didn’t want to do anything special, ya know, a dinner and just chillax. Andrea asked me where I wanted to go for dinner and I knew I didn’t want to do the normal stuff such as Outback or Ruth Chris. I wanted to try something I had never had before and as most of you know I am working on expanding my palette.
We like to use our American Express card to get the Hilton points and AE had this new food/points program so I decided to look and see what was out there. Two types of food popped up that I never had “really” tried before. One was a Greek restaurant and the other Puerto Rican. I looked at the reviews for both and each restaurant had great reviews. I was really having a hard time choosing only because I wanted to try both. The question was which restaurant would be the birthday dinner and which one would be the “Let’s go next time” one. In the end I decided on the Puerto Rican restaurant named Buen Provecho.
The reason I chose Buen Provecho was simply because I wanted to try Mofongo and the passion fruit milkshake. I know I know….”that was ALL you wanted to try Sean” and the answer is yes but bear with me, I have to start small and work my way up LOL. Andrea and I get to the restaurant and we are greeted by the Owner Elmer Passapera. I told him this was our first time at the restaurant AND our first time trying Puerto Rican food. Elmer was very welcoming and explained that we could take our time ordering and feel free to ask any questions. This was refreshing because remember I told you about the Korean restaurant fiasco where NO one would help us with anything.
We sit down and look over the menu and decide on a few dishes to try. We ordered two milkshakes, one passion fruit and the other a soursop shake. Andrea wanted to try the soursop which tastes something like a strawberry and apple with sour kind of taste. It was a unique taste and I would definitely get one again. We also ordered the sampler platter which gave us 4 choices from the appetizer section. We had Empanadas, Chicharrón de Chicken, Papa Rellena and Sorullos. Here’s the thing, we were thinking the sampler platter would be the size of the big chain restaurants dishes so we were not expecting much but look at this platter!!!! There is enough food here for a dinner!! LOL
I couldn’t wait to try the “samplers” so I grabbed an empanada because it was a meat patty in bread and figured it was a safe place to start for my baby palette. I bite into it and it just pops in my mouth. This thing tastes GOOD!!! Now I have no idea what a Sorullo is but it looks good so I bite one. Turns out it is a corn fritter with melted cheese inside. I am inhaling this thing as I stare at the chicken. Now to be honest I didn’t know it was chicken only because it looked like a fried round ball. I pop one in my mouth and it’s off the chain. Who knew you could make chicken taste this good. They a hint of garlic that really set them off. The last thing was the Papa Rellena. That was weird for me. I had never had a fried potato ball with meat but it was good!! Elmer stops by our table several times and checks on us, “How’s everything?” I can’t find the words to express how good this food is. The best I can say is “MMPPHHHH” and “thith ith thumgudfood” I was hooked. Puerto Rico where have you been all of my life?
Now we were about get our entrée’s and this is when we knew we had ordered too much food. I had the Pollo Salteado Mofongo which is a sautéed chicken and plantains. Andrea had the special which was…..A TWO POUND PORK BELLY MEAL!!!! When we looked at that plate Andrea said, “Um, this has to go home with us. I can’t eat all of this!” I laughed, said something about the Flintstones followed by, “They brought you a brontosaurus bone!!” We are sitting there trying to get it all down but there is so much to eat. Eventually we give up. Ok I ate everything but the pork belly meal. That was some good food.
Elmer comes by again and we tell him that we love the food, the atmosphere and the hospitality. He thanks us and I tell him how we came to be at his restaurant. He asks what we would like for dessert, I ask him to recommend something and he tells me to try the Pastelillo Guayaba which is a guava pastry. Andrea and I are sitting there talking about this being an excellent choice for my birthday dinner and that we can’t wait to bring our family and friends here when we see Elmer, his wife and daughter and other staff members coming to our table. They start singing happy birthday in Espanol while presenting me with the Pastelillo Guayba!!! They even found a candle to put in the pastry. I was speechless, didn’t expect them to do that.
We talked for a little while after that and told them we would be back. They then brought us a brandy truffle sampler to taste. I could smell the brandy and when I let it melt in my mouth the combination of flavors touched every sense in my mouth!!!
Elmer and his wife are amazing people and really know how to make you feel like you are in their home more than sitting in a restaurant. This is a great family restaurant, a hidden gem in Cobb County and we can’t wait to go back with all of our peeps.
2468 Windy Hill Rd SE Ste 600 Marietta, GA 30067 P. (770) 712-3188