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Don Juan 3720 E. Raymond St.

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A friend told me about this place a few weeks ago. After contacting them to make sure onion could be left off their sandwiches it was a go. We also had a guest;our friend from Cali who was in for the day;on his way back home. They offer 9 sandwiches and a few appetizers. We all decided to start off with some Yucca fries for about 4 bucks and change.Don Juan 006

All 3 of us enjoyed them. If you have ever eaten fried Yucca you know they are sturdier and more fibrous than potatoes. In many ways I think they are tastier than the usual french fry. They serve them with a mayo based sauce that was so so. The winner was the Peruvian hot sauce. A mixture of chiles, spices and vegetables that give a wonderful “burn” on your throat. I used it on everything. Our buddy David was torn between the Asado; beef pot roast and the Chicharrones; slow cooked pork deep-fried and served with fried sweet potato. So was I. The obvious solution was to order one of each and share. We were both very impressed. Each sandwich had its own taste signature and a wonderful depth of flavor. I am sure it was because of the spice and herb marinade. Also the onion on top brought another layer of flavor as well as bit of crunch. I think the Asado won out over the Chicharrone. Both sell for $8.99.

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This is the Asado. The picture doesn’t do it justice at all.

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The space is bigger than it looks from the outside. The floor is concrete that appears to have been partially cut into squares and then painted black and white. The walls are covered in corrugated sheet metal giving the joint an industrial vibe.

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After we finished lunch our server brought us out a sample of their purple corn “tonic”. They take the corn and boil it down with pineapple and other ingredients to make a dark liquid with a slight medicinal taste but with an overall sweetness that is really pleasant. I really recommend the Asado or beef pot roast. It is a great taste that you don’t always find in a simple sandwich.

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6 responses

  1. Yay, a hit! The yucca fries look good. I’ve had them boiled/mashed and in a slaw with lime on them, but the fries look good, too. Glad you found some depth of flavor to make the mouth happy.

    July 20, 2016 at 10:52 am

    • Yeah those two sandwiches were the best I have had in a while;especially the beef. They also had a grilled beef heart dish as an app;but I couldn’t get anyone else to go along with it. I will be going back solo.

      July 20, 2016 at 10:58 am

      • That’s odd bc a facebook friend posted yesterday that he made beef heart and his family hated it. What’s the appeal?

        July 20, 2016 at 11:41 am

      • Well heart is very lean so it can be tough if over cooked. It has a very “beefy” taste which some folks find appealing. I wonder if the preparation turned the family off or the mere fact that it was heart “dis- heartened them?

        July 21, 2016 at 5:45 am

      • Well, they hunt and dress their own deer, so I wouldn’t think they would be a squeamish people. Not sure.

        July 21, 2016 at 5:18 pm

      • Well maybe they just don’t like beef heart. Sometimes I forget that not everyone likes organ meat.

        July 21, 2016 at 6:52 pm

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