This blogger is still recovering from the loss of LPCX Bakery. When it was open, it was probably one of the best hidden gem coffee shops in the area. Fortunately, LPCX has a sister restaurant that serves up some of the best Colombian cuisine in the city. Introducing La Pequeña Colombia.
Located at 6312 North Armenia Avenue, La Pequeña is a family-owned restaurant that has been serving Tampa for more than 20 years. The bakery features authentic Colombian sweets like pandebono, a bread made of corn flour, cassava starch, cheese, eggs and guava jam, and buñuelo, a sensational fried dough ball.
Bring your appetite because the restaurant serves generous portions of sizzling Colombian fare. The most popular dish is the Bandeja Paisa. The spread features grilled or ground steak, sausage, rice, red beans, sweet platains, eggs, corn cake and avocado.
The selection of fried plantains is remarkable, too. Go with the fried plantain gratin made with cream cheese, chives, bell pepper, mushroom and cheese. Top it with crabmeat and shrimp for a full on seafood extravaganza. It’s a treat we’re still thinking about.
If you pop in on a Friday you can indulge in Pequeña’s sensational mofongo.
Want a light bite? Sink your teeth into the arepa con queso. The salchipapa is one solid shareable plate. It’s a typical street food dish featuring French fries, chicken, cheese, bacon, and crispy chicharron.
The restaurant features a huge list of Colombian dishes that will absolutely blow your mind and it’s well worth a visit.
Follow La Pequena on Facebook and Instagram for glimpses at special juices, cocktails, and bakery items.