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El Oso Blanco _ 3611 W Hillsborough Ave Tampa, FL 33614 (813) 872-6112 – Review

Hidden little gems like this,  excite me.  Located in a little strip mall,  behind the Mirage night club,  and next to a 24 hour laundromat is great Latin food. And their prices are unbelievable.   A win win in anyone’s  book.  Here’s my rule of thumb, if you go to a place serving ethnic cuisine and you never see anyone of that ethnicity  around,  run for the hills.  The food could be good but it is certainly not what the natives eat. Not the case in El Oso Blanco, which means the white bear.

Ok.  It’s a  supermarket but on the side there is a resturant  that serves breakfast and lunch. They have seating but if you go at lunch time it gets pretty crowded so you may have do take out.  That said, the servers speak very little if any english and most of the customers are latino. If you don’t speak Spanish, and I don’t, be prepared to point.  I stop by at least twice a month and point my way to a container packed with so much food that I have to  finish it for dinner. The weekday lunch special is $4.99.

Food is served cafeteria style. You get a protein and two sides. The have shredded pork,  ribs, chicken, empanadas, yellow rice and beans, brown rice and beans, plantains, yucca,  and more.  The food is perfectly seasoned and more than enough for the biggest appetite.  I have been to much fancier places that can’t  hold a candle against these cooks.  The Columbia better watch out, then maybe not,  El Oso doesn’t do dinner.  If good food is more important to you than ambiance then check it out.   And by the way, their cafe con leche is spot on too.  Let me know what you think.

As always, Happy eating!!


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