Colombia: Bandeja Paisa

Bandeja paisa, (spanish for “Paisa Platter“) also known as bandeja de arriero, bandeja montañera, or bandeja antioqueña, is a typical fusion cuisine Colombian dish. It is very popular, especially in the Paisa Region departments (Antioquia, the Colombian Coffee-Growers Axis, (Caldas Department, Quindio, Risaralda) and part of Valle del Cauca

Bandeja Paisa origin was influenced by several different cultures that inhabited Colombia throughout the centuries, including the Indigenous peoples of Colombia, as well as colonial Spaniards and Africans. In the 19th century, there was presence of French and British colonialists who brought their cuisine with them. [2]

The current form and presentation of the Paisa Platter is relatively recent. There are no references in the food writing about this dish before 1950. It is probably, an interpretation of the local restaurants of simpler peasant dishes. One of its most prominent features is the juxtaposition of native american and European ingredients, which is also observed in other mestizo dishes of Latin American cuisine, such as venezuelan Pabellón criollo or Costa Rican Gallo Pinto.


Paisa Platter must be served in large oval-shaped trays. There are 13 main ingredients that must be present for the dish to be considered a canonical Bandeja Paisa:

Side dish:

There are several variants of the dish all over the country with deletion or addition of ingredients, which cannot be recognized as Bandeja Paisa in stricto sensu. Some Antioquian restaurants offer an “extended” Bandeja Paisa, also known as “Seven Meats Platter” which contains, besides the afforementioned ingredients: grilled steak, grilled pork and Liver. A dieting friendly version of the dish is very popular inBogota, which replaces pork with grilled chicken breast, black pudding with salad and chorizo with a weenie. -(Wikepedia)

Dallas, Texas: Colombian Restaurants

LA Duni Latin Cafe

La Duni Latin Cafe serves dishes made with Latin flavors that are “blended with European traditions.” Lunch is served Tuesdays through Fridays, while dinner is available Tuesdays through Saturdays, and brunch is served on weekends. The brunch menu includes huevos gauchos (scrambled eggs with Argentinian sausage, cheeses and flour tortillas.

The lunch and dinner menu includes such specialties as asado de bife (beef marinated in chimichurri sauce and grilled), fresh fish quesadillas and arepas criollas, which are white corn masa patties topped with chicken, ham or pork.

A wide array of hand-mixed cocktails made with fresh juices is also on the menu. Drinks include the Colombian jarra de refajo (a pitcher of Colombian soda mixed with Pilsner beer and limes) and Peruvian pisco sour (pisco Inca mixed with fresh lime juice and sugar).

La Duni Latin Cafe
4620 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 520-7300

Casa Vieja

Casa Vieja is the only restaurant exclusively specializing in Colombian food in the greater Dallas area. The restaurant’s most popular specialty is called bandeja paisa, a platter containing red kidney beans, crispy fried pork skin, white rice, Spanish sausage, steak, egg, sweet plantain, avocado and grilled corn cake.

Another specialty known as tamal tolimense consists of a rice dough tamale stuffed with chicken, beef and pork wrapped in a banana leaf with rice and sweet plantain on the side. Live music is featured on weekends, and tango nights are also offered for those looking to dance. Casa Vieja is open for lunch and dinner daily.

Casa Vieja
1927 E. Belt Line Road, Suite 152
Carrollton, TX 75006
(972) 416-8172


According to the Dallas Morning News, Espumoso is “a coffeehouse with Colombian flavor” offering breakfast, lunch and dinner Tuesdays through Sundays. Beef, chicken and veggie homemade empanadas are served along with sandwiches, pastries and ice cream. Smoothies, teas, and coffees with Latin flavors are served. A house specialty is the Mousse de Maracuya, with blackberry sauce of passionfruit mousse. Natilla, a traditional Colombian coconut pudding, is also offered.

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