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June 5th, 2010

Bar Restaurante La Sombra, Restaurant, Review, Orocovis, Puerto Rico, Longaniza?

 

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All I can tell you is that I really do hope that the people that vacation in Puerto Rico during winter, take the opportunity to learn about this Island.  I had a great time doing so, revisiting so many places long ago forgotten and discovering new ones that took my breath away.

The heart and center of Puerto Rico is the town of Orocovis.  And, yes, you guessed it; there was probably a place that we needed to stop for lunch.  The specialty?  Longaniza.  Oh, no, what is it?  Not again!!  Well, wait a minute, let me tell you about it.

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First of all as we entered the town of Orocovis the first thing you saw was the town Plaza.  All towns in Latin countries have their churches in the center of the town.  This church was very small when you consider all the other towns in Puerto Rico that have cathedral size churches as their town anchor.  Puerto Rico is predominantly Catholic.

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Orocovis is a crowded little town, typical of all towns in Puerto Rico.  There was a coolness in the air, compared to the weather in San Juan that day.

We went by a cemetery that was so high up I could not imagine how all those people got there for the burial.

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A bit of trivia?  During the Bad Boys II movie, which was supposed to have taken place in Cuba, but partially filmed in Puerto Rico, there is a scene of the Hummer going through the curvy town; yes, that is Orocovis.

We knew we were stopping at Bar Restaurante La Sombra.  If you are in the area of Orocovis this is were you will go for longaniza. 

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Longaniza is a sausage or embutido.  Not a chorizo.  Seasoned meat, and in the case of La Sombra, pork, chicken or red snapper, is stuffed into pork intestines and is formed very long by hand.  I know some of my friends reading this might be gagging, but hey, that is the way sausages are made.  They should be happy I am not explaining how blood sausages (morcillas) are made during the Christmas holidays.

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Once the longaniza is formed then it is hung to air-dry.  The longaniza can be fried in oil or cooked with rice and beans.

Our order consisted of chicken longaniza, rice with pork longaniza and you cannot miss the ever present red beans, and tostones (plantains).  It needs to be noted that everything is grown and freshly made at La Sombra, and therefore, you do not have a sense of fullness; the longaniza was not greasy, it was just perfect.

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La Sombra is located on Rd. 156,  Km 2.8 on the road from Orocovis to Barranquitas.  Tel. 787-375-6846.  The restaurant is typically open, overlooking the back hills and banana trees. 

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They are proud to tell you that they are the developers of the original red snapper, chicken and pork longanizas.  There is a full bar.  We did not have dessert but they do have them all; flan, tres leches, etc. etc.

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And the bill?  Three of us with drinks and lunch, $35.00.

It really was an unforgettable day with my friends.  Talk to you later…yes, from Delaware…

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21 Responses to “Bar Restaurante La Sombra, Restaurant, Review, Orocovis, Puerto Rico, Longaniza?”

  1. Nestor Torres says:

    Do you ship to Virgina?

  2. admin says:

    Thanks for your comments. Give them a call because I am not sure. Good luck!!

  3. Gloria says:

    ummmmm yummy! The best longaniza! What I would give to eat some longaniza from Orocovis! The restaurant looks nice….looks like they did renovations because it didn’t look like that when I went a few years ago. The food is amazing! and I sat over looking the back hills!

  4. admin says:

    Thanks so much for your comments to the blog. Yes they had renovated and those hills are still the same.

  5. Silvette says:

    I loved the food but we were not to thrill about the service (the girl keep forgetting what we order) and the way they clear the tables…maybe it’s just me but i don’t like people passing in front of me rolling a 30 gallon open trash and another rolling cart full of dirty dishes while I eat. The menu was extreamly limited and 2 out of the 3 things we tried to order they didn’t have (arroz con gandules and sopa de jamon!

  6. admin says:

    I went over a year ago. It was one of those crazy trips trying to hit as many sights as we could on one day. It was in the middle of the week and it was not crowded so maybe that’s why the service was good. I grew up in PR but had never visited the restaurant. Thanks for your comments and by the way, no, I don’t like people rolling carts full of dirty dishes either; I don’t care how casual the place is. It is like anything, at times you tell someone to try something thinking their experience is going to be like yours and it does not work out. Sorry about that.

  7. Francis says:

    Orgullosa de ser de tan hermoso pueblo… Nacida y criada en el “barrio de los perros”, como muchos le llaman. Soy bisnieta de Doña Maria, querida por toda su familia.
    Esas montañas fueron las que me vieron crecer, tuve el privilegio de despertar cada dia con el olor a longaniza, ya que mi casita esta ubicada en la parte baja de esa montaña.
    A tenido muchas renovaciones, pero sigue siendo el lugar con los empleados mas acogedores y coordiales que puede tener un buen negocio. 100% Orgullo orocoveño!!!!

  8. admin says:

    Como dicen, Puertoriquena, como yo.

  9. admin says:

    Me encanto que me haya escrito e informado de todo esto. Ya le contare a mi Mama y primos sobre su e-mail. Muchas gracias. Y, a la verdad que pase una tarde muy acogedora. Gloria

  10. Carmen says:

    We are a group of 45 of Senior Citizen, planning a trip to Orocovis. We would like very much to visit the Rest. La Sombra as we have heard alot about their food. We need phone numbers and menues available for 45 people. Our trip is planned for April 18,2012. Can you help us. Thank you.

  11. Sherrod says:

    My wifes family is from Orocovis and we went to visit her aunt. We stopped and ate at this place. Great Food and very friendly service. Even though the drive from Rio Grande (where we were staying) was about 2hrs it was well worth the drive to experience the Freshness of the food and La Sombra open air eating area. The kids loved the birds flying through and the chickens running around outside. GREAT PLACE WOULD LOVE TO GO BACK!!!!!!!!!

  12. admin says:

    I am glad you enjoyed it. The reviews in my blog are my opinion and you never know how people are going to respond. Thanks!!

  13. Amy Ramirez says:

    The food is the best in Puerto Rico. The longaniza is amazing. The scenery is gorgoeus overlooking mountain tops and banana trees. The service is wonderful and the owners are there alot and are just genuine and wonderful people.

  14. admin says:

    Thanks so much for your comments. I agree that the longaniza was great, the scenery was so picturesque overlooking those banana trees. I have not been there in some time. Maybe next year. See you.

  15. ileanna says:

    Bueno ma whole family is from orovovis and I can gladly say Its a beautiful place if ur Looking for outdoor nature. The open land is amazing. Amd yes.the famous longanizas. They are the best…….:)

  16. admin says:

    I have not been in some time; but next time I am in the area I will have to stop again. Plenty of comments since I wrote this post. Thanks for your comments too.

  17. Yukiko says:

    Greetings! I’ve been following your blog for a long time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Houston Tx! Just wanted to mention keep up the good work!

  18. Carmen Villafane says:

    Ustedes envian por correo longanisa? Como puedo ordenar las, vivo en Maryland.

    Atentamente,

    Carmen

  19. admin says:

    Gracias por los comentarios pero creo que no envian por correo. Llamar al telefono.

  20. Estuve en puerto rico hace poco y gracias a vuestra entrada y que lo encontre por casualidad en internet pude comer en el restaurante, la verdad nunca había probado una longaniza tan buena.

    Enhorabuena.

  21. admin says:

    Muchisimas gracias por sus comentarios. Hace tiempo que no voy a Puerto Rico. Lo tendre que visitar nuevamente en otra ocasion.

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