By Monty Montgomery
In early October 2017, Port Orange was exposed to a wonderful culinary vision, a blend of Venezuelan and Cuban Latino style cuisine.
Sazon Latino was opened by Luis Escalona replacing the Cajun style Blue Bayou and is Located on Nova Rd just South of Madeline Ave. in Port Orange.
The combination of the two styles is a great example of authenticity you should be prepared for on a culinary journey created by Chef Leivy Manrique.
Behind the bar Andres slings regional cocktails like the Mojito, with mastery and flair. Refreshing and crisp you will not be disappointed! The service is attentive and on their game.
Sampling Lomo Satado was incredible and let me tell you the sautéd sirloin was fantastic.
Another appetizer for was a tasty Cachapa with cheese.
Cachapas is traditional Venezuelan dish made from corn. They are popular at roadside stands and can be made like pancakes of fresh corn dough, or wrapped in dry corn leaves and boiled.
Coupled with a traditional mojito, I was in heaven.
Another dish is the Pabellon Criollo, the shredded beef was savory and with the beans, rice, avocado and sweet plantain came a great balance of flavor. I paired this with a Jalepeno Margarita another masterfully mixed libation.
Ultimately this restaurant is something Port Orange needs.
Authentic food, like Arepas are enjoyed with great drinks like the Caipirinha a rum lime drink muddled with crushed ice as it's supposed to have.
A relaxing atmosphere and a tremendous staff makes this a great new destination eatery.
Two thumbs up! Sazon Latino is a must visit.
Head over the bridge from the beach, you will be glad you did!