Located across from Studebagels on South Bend Avenue, Mango Cafe is one of the best Latin restaurants in the area. Serving flavorful Venezuelan food, Mango Cafe has an extensive menu featuring Venezuelan specialties, sandwiches, vegetarian fare, empanadas, and more.
I am a bit obsessed with the Patacon entree – a deep fried green plantain covered in the seasoned meat of your choice, lettuce, tomato, avocado, Venezuelan cheese and a zesty pink sauce. The Pabellon – shredded beef with rice and black beans, plantains, a fried egg, avocado and arepas – is my second favorite dish. I’m also a fan of the Cachapa – a Venezuelan sweet corn pancake filled with cheese – and their sandwiches, including the Pollo con Agucate (chicken and avocado) and Chorizo Al Pan (chorizo sausage with peppers and chimichurri sauce). Start off with the Tequenos (pretty much Venezuelan cheese sticks) or Tostones appetizer (similar to the patacon entree). Finish your meal with a piece of Tres Leches cake.
Mango Cafe is reasonably priced – you can get a sirloin steak with chimichurri for only $12.99. There are about 7 tables inside, despite the restaurant’s small appearance. You can also take out food. I promise, it’s worth a visit!