No matter where you come from, nothing tastes better than those home-cooked, comfort foods you grew up on. There is something about those familiar dishes that simply takes the edge off a bad day. After eating dinner at Cafe Colombia in Burbank, I realized it does not matter if you cannot pronounce the names of the entrees — comfort food has a language all its own.
Reinaldo and Gabriela Alvarez opened Cafe Colombia in 1999. Traditional Latin American dishes are the centerpiece of their menu, but the emphasis is on informal home-cooking with common ingredients.
Although the country is best-known for its rich coffee, Colombian cuisine is based on corn, beef, chicken, pork, yuca, plantains and a variety of exotic fruits. Yuca is a root vegetable that’s starchy like potatoes and used in a variety of dishes, including deep-fried and seasoned chips. Plantains are similar to bananas in appearance but taste much better cooked and sweetened.