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Colombian food is not spicey and it does not feature dishes with names like burrito taco enchilada or chimichanga What you will find when you open a menu is a lot of chicken beef fish the closer you get to the coast rice potatos yuca plantains soup and juice to name a few things The following list is not exhaustive by any means but it does reflect the typical inexpensive menu items you will find when you stop for lunch at a typical restaurant Many places offer Comida Ejecutiva or Menu del Da on weekdays These are combination plates that typically consist of meat or chicken served with potato yuca or plantain a small portion of salad a bowl of soup and juice--all for around US2 Carnes Pollo y Pescado Meats Chicken and Fish Cuts of Beef Baby Beef make sure you pronounce it with a Colombian accent - one of the better cuts of beef available Churasco - tougher than Lomo or baby beef generally a thin slice Lomo - beef from the back of the cow less fatty and generally considered the best cut available Sobrebarriga - beef from the area above the stomach Ways to prepare beef Carne a la plancha - beef prepared on a flat iron piece placed on a grill Carne asada - beef grilled directly on a grill Chicken Pollo a la plancha - chicken prepared on a flat iron piece placed on a grill Polla asado - chicken grilled directly on a grill Pechuga - chicken breast Gallina Criolla - chicken slow-cooked in pot with potatos yuca tomatos onions and garlic Fish Robalo - Bass Bagre - Catfish often prepared in a tomato-based sauce and called Bagre en Salsa Trucha - Trout Side Dishes Papas - potatos Can be served many different ways Papas francesas - French fries Papas saladas - Boiled whole potatos rolled in salt Papas pur - mashed potatos Platanos - plantains
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