Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Parkersburg Edition: Mango Latin Bistro
Mango Latin Bistro is a swanky restaurant in downtown Parkersburg that boasts a menu full of arepas, cubanos and other specialties.
The inside is sleek and modern. Veronica and I stopped here for second dinner. We were the only diners in there, with a few people hanging out around the bar area.
We were started with some bread, which was fine. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Next up was the entrees. I ordered the "Camarones a la Criolla" which is shrimp sautéed in a "criollo" style sauce. It came with two sides, so I went with ripe sweet plantains and french fries - because the other options were rice or black beans, both of which I've had many times prior.
The result is this kind of random mish-mash of items on my plate. Once I saw it, I realized I probably should've ordered rice to help with that sauce situation. The sauce was similar to a marinara? Not bad, but nothing entirely unique to me. The plantains were good. The fries OK. The combination odd.
For dessert, a piece of cake that I regret. It was a bit hard and dried out. I think it was just hanging out in the cooler already cut into pieces and uncovered which did it no favors.
Overall, I left a bit disappointed. Maybe I chose wrong. But I also wish the actual flavor was just a bit ... more. Off night? Have you been?