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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What is an Empanada?

An empanada is a stuffed bread or pastry.  The names comes from the Spanish and Portuguese verb empanar, meaning to wrap or coat in bread. 
The empanada may have it origin during Arabic occupation of the Iberian Peninsula.
Fillings may include tuna, sardines, chorizo, and pork loin pork loin if done in Galicia, Portugal and Spain.
However many other countries with Spanish influence have adopted the empanada including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Cuban,  El Salvador and other South American countries and the Philipines. 
*The islands of Jamaica and Haiti also have versions of the empanada but tend to be fuller sized.  In Jamaica it is referred to as a patty. In Haiti the empanadas have a thicker crust called pate.