Venezuelan eatery brings arrepas and other South American specialties to Grosse Pointe Woods

Garrido's Bistro & Bakery opened this week on busy Mack Avenue in Grosse Pointe Woods, where it is welcoming customers who are excited to try the arepas and other Venezuelan specialties on its menu.

As it works out the kinks of a new restaurant, hours are limited to the daytime and the owners are serving breakfast and a prix fixe lunch menu. Eventually weekend brunch and dinner will be served.

Garrido's is a passion project of the Venezuelan owners who have support of family and their church in Tampa, Florida.

The hope is to find a following of customers who want something unique.

At Garrido's, that includes a Venezuelan meal of arepas, flat corn cakes stuffed with savory ingredients. The Reina Pepiada, or Venezuelan Queen, is stuffed with pulled chicken covered in mayo and avocado slices. The jamon y queso is ham and cheese and the carne mechada is pulled beef.

A bakery will turn out fresh breads and desserts, while the kitchen will prepare fresh dishes.

The drink menu offers several mixtures of loose teas. The Ayurvedic Total Body is made with peppermint, spearmint, ginger, rosehip, rooibos, rose, hibiscus, sunflower, calendula and osmanthus petals. Orange Grove Vanilla is a drink of naturally dried apple pieces, rosehip, hibiscus, red thistle, naturally dried orange pieces and sunflower petals.

Source: Garrido's
Writer: Kim North Shine
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