The bandeja paisa is the best way to get a sense of what Colombian cuisine has to offer, as it includes most of the ingredients Colombia has to offer. Colombian cuisine is typically very carbohydrate-heavy and relies on big portions. The larger meals of the day are breakfast and lunch, and dinner is usually quite small. Corn, beans, and potato are quite prominent along with fried pork belly. A bandeja paisa is a platter consisting of white rice, stewed beans, grilled steak, chorizo, fried pork belly, a fried egg, and arepa (corn cake). It is a meal that is supposed to fuel you for the rest of the day, making for an extremely filling meal.

Where to try it: Mondongo’s. 3500 NW 87th Ave Doral, FL 33172. (305) 718-4977