Joanne Dimarco 2016-10-29 17:26:47
Oh Corn! Arepas and More Venezuelan Delicacies in Clifton Park When my family moved to Clifton Park in 1971, the mailing address was Elnora and the town had a handful of locally owned restaurants. Shortly after, the town got its own post office and began to explode. The proximity to the State campus and GE made Clifton Park a desirable, yet often transient, place to live. Enter the chain restaurants. No matter where you were from, the chains were recognizable and familiar. My mom still lives in Clifton Park so I’m happy to see some new unique and locally owned restaurants on the scene, and Oh Corn! Arepas and More is both locally owned and unique. My companion and I decided to try it for lunch. We each started with one of their signature, all natural juices. I chose the mango and my companion chose the passion fruit. Both were refreshing and delicious, sweetened only by the sugar from the fruit. For appetizers we, began with Tostones, which are plantains, smashed flat and grilled on the flat top so the sugar in the plantains caramelizes perfectly and forms a crunchy exterior that was so crisp we thought they were breaded. Most of the items are served in their signature Arepas, patties made from cornmeal or corn flour, and then either grilled, fried or baked. The Arepas Fritas we sampled are small arepas, deep fried, sliced open and stuffed with your choice of cheese. We opted for the Gouda. The Breakfast Arepas are served all day and I chose the bacon and egg and added Gouda to this as well. This is the kind of meal that is not just delicious but satisfying. It fills you up in the best possible way. The eggs were light and fluffy with just the right amount of bacon and it was not at all greasy the way breakfast sandwiches often are. My companion selected the Carne Mechada. The arepa is filled with lean, well-seasoned shredded beef and then my companion was able to select from quite the assortment of veggies and toppers. She opted for spinach, cucumber, tomato, hot pepper and Gouda. I know it sounds like there were no other cheeses since we both chose Gouda on everything. I think it was because it was so novel to have Gouda as a choice. It was such a nice change from the standard cheese options. We couldn’t resist sharing an order of Yuca Frita; yuca, also known as cassava, was sliced into strips, fried and served with a cilantro dip that was so good we had to ask for more! Until this point, the entire meal was gluten free. Only the desserts contain gluten and the desserts are prepared in a separate area from the rest of the menu. For dessert, we decided to share the Dulce de Leche Crêpe. We chose to add strawberries and I think it was the perfect complement to the made-to-order and still warm crêpe. The owners of Oh Corn! are from Venezuela. Both husband and wife had other careers, but they loved to entertain and often served arepas to their guests. Their friends loved the native Venezuelan cuisine so much they decided to open a restaurant, so that others could enjoy the food as well. I watched and listened as people came in. Some ate in the restaurant; others ordered food to go for themselves or for a group. I was quite taken with the number of people coming in who spoke to the owners in Spanish! Oh Corn! is a welcome addition to the food scene in Clifton Park. I can’t wait to bring my mom there! Enjoy the cuisine of Oh Corn! Arepas and More at 1505 Halfmoon Parkway, Clifton Park, New York. Call 518-579-0858 or visit ohcornarepas.com for menu previews. For dessert, we decided to share the dulce de Leche Crêpe. We chose to add strawberries and I think it was the perfect complement to the made-to-order and still warm crêpe. Joanne DiMarco lives most of her life living the Good Life in upstate New York. She graduated from Paul Smith’s College with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. She is currently an Associate Real Estate Broker with Select Sotheby’s International Realty and the owner of My Sales Diva. She is known for her exceptional networking skills, fund raising and charitable works. Check out her blog at UpstateGoodLife.com
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