Adobos Caribbean Grill is a great place for anyone looking for something a little different from the normal American fare. This place has some delicious food with some unique ingredients. Great tasting drinks, and awesome “mofongos” which we will get to later. You can find them over Union Square Plaza on the corner of 9400 South and 700 East.
Adobos has a lot of influence from Puerto Rico and Cuba. You can see here we ordered the appetizer Tostones Rellenos which is a plantain banana smashed, salted, and fried. They then take “ropa vieja” which translates “dirty laundry” (doesn’t it sound appetizing?) and stuff the tostones with it. Ropa Vieja is basically shredded beef, the Cuban way, in its own juices. Just remember that this shredded beef isn’t the “dry” shredded beef you will find at some American and Mexican places. This stuff is tender and very juicy. My wife is from Colombia and they eat a lot of plantain “tostones” down there as well, so she felt right at home with this plate. I would strongly recommend this for starters.
I ordered myself a virgin pina colada and it was the best I’ve ever had. (Disclaimer: This is probably the first I’ve ever had as well) I loved the coconut and pineapple flavors. The drink was creamy and HUGE! Well worth the $3 bucks I paid for it. (No the drink was not the size of my son’s head just to the left)
This dish is an Adobos specialty. They give you a huge bowl, and line it with a bed of plantain smashed with olive oil, salt, chicharrones and garlic. Then they give you an ample amount of your choice of protein in the middle. You can choose from ropa vieja, grilled chicken, carne frita (fried pork sirloin), shrimp creolle, and fish. This dish was amazing. I can’t think of anywhere else in Salt Lake City where you can find something like this. It was spectacular.
Guys, put this on your list of places to try for some great tasting food. The prices were good for what you get. The location wasn’t the best, but it was clean, and the service was excellent. I didn’t have any complaints at the end of the day, and my tummy was very happy with the taste of this Caribbean cuisine. My wife’s comment at the end of the day however, might be the best though. I asked her how she liked it. She said “It was good, but it was basically the same stuff I grew up eating in Colombia.” I thought that was interesting coming from a native. You know this place is authentic.