The Colombian Spot

Best Colombian Restaurant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Bringing you the most exquisite arepas, empanadas, authentic Colombian dishes, 100% gluten free, we offer catering, and the best meals that you'll ever taste.

Munch Goes to The Colombian Spot

It’s long been an article of faith that “we eat with the eyes.” In an era of cooking shows and magazines with dishes that are composed like art projects — Jackson Pollock dots and finger-painted streaks of emulsions and aiolis, edible flowers and foams (ugh) — the visual component of food, although often stunning, may at times be overemphasized. To that end, the food at The Colombian Spot — newly opened on the South Side — is nothing to look at. An empanada is a drab gold that looks like a hot pocket. The ropa vieja arepas — shredded beef with a light tomato sauce — looks like a sloppy Joe. That’s how they look. But the taste is like a Technicolor detonation of flavors — Dorothy landing in taste buds Oz. The flavor pops beneath the crunchy corn exterior of the empanada ($1.95). The savory shredded beef of the arepas is stuffed between the corn patties with fried sweet plantains and mozzarella, a most excellent mixture ($10.50). The fried plantains, roast pork and black beans of the pernil con tostones makes for a fairly monochromatic dish that belies the fantastic medley of spices and seasonings ($6.99). A bowl of Ajiaco, a chicken and potato broth soup with corn, was warming comfort. An exile of the Pittsburgh Public Market, owner Karen Perdomo, a native of the coffee region of Colombia, opened The Colombian Spot on March 1, one year and one day after the Public Market’s closure. Nearly the entire menu — save one or two items — is gluten free. The restaurant is bright and colorful, with artwork, murals and trinkets from Ms. Perdomo’s homeland. It takes over a space that had recently been a revolving door of short-term failed businesses since the closing of the longtime neighborhood favorite City Grill earlier this decade. Ms. Perdomo is ambitiously planning for the BYOB restaurant’s future and said that breakfast service, a bakery, salsa dancing and live music are all in the works, in what is believed to be the city’s first full-service restaurant dedicated solely to the cuisines of Colombia. And while the author doesn’t claim to have any particular insight into the history or preparation of Colombian food or the country itself (I can find it on the map, my famous high school classmate Joe Manganiello married Sophia Vergara, and I watched “Narcos” — that’s about it) the food at The Colombian Spot is well prepared and tasty — even if first glances suggest otherwise.

Make sure to pay a visit "The Colombian Spot": 2019 E. Carson St., South Side; 412-381-9000; https://www.thecolombianspot.com.

You know when you have a meal that you think about for days after? The meal that was so tasty that you can't stop thinking about every single delicious bite? That meal can be found here! I am kicking myself for not coming in sooner. So many incredible meals I missed. But now I know better and will be stopping in on a regular basis. It's a cute set-up with a casual atmosphere. I honestly am not too familiar with Columbian food, but you know you can trust this place because the couple who own the spot are both from there. I ordered the Colentado con Carna Asada. It's grilled sirloin with rice, beans and a fried egg on top. The owner told me it's actually a traditional breakfast meal. I'd have this meal any time of the day though! Everything had so much flavor, I was floored. The extra bonus is the four sauces that are served to compliment the meal. I couldn't tell you what each was, but seriously, each one was incredibly flavorful. The great thing too is 95% of the menu is gluten free! You need to get here ASAP, no more waiting! Plus, bring your fave bottle of vino because it's BYOB!Great place for a Columbian meal. We came here for lunch over Christmas week. They were playing Star Wars which was great. The waiter even let us choose which of the Star Wars movies we wanted to watch. Pretty great. The Arepa vegeteriana was awesome. The rice and beans were flavorful and zesty. This was the top pick. We also had the Arepa de queso con maduros which was also good. The black bean soup was nicely flavored. We will be coming back!Such a great place on Carson Street! This BYOB Colombian restaurant has a good variety and tasty food. The guacamole has great flavor and is served with thin sliced fried plantains, we also ordered an arepa and had a tough decision as to which one to get. The pulled pork was delicious and was plenty enough for a full meal! The staff was very friendly and the atmosphere is great! I will definitely be back soon!The Colombian Spot is great! I'd actually learned where it was because I was doing a delivery for one of my many jobs and this food smelled SO GOOD-I had to go back and try it out. My friend and I went down for an early dinner on a Friday night-I try to avoid being in the South Side much later on the weekends! But I didn't need to worry so much. 5 blocks down was insanity. This part of East Carson is relatively quiet in comparison. Our server was very attentive and friendly and explained the parts of each dish that we weren't familiar with very thoroughly. He was happy to sub out a different kind of meat in my friend's dish. It's BYOB with a corkage fee of $5, so definitely reasonable. We got the Tostones con guacamole and the guac was nice and chunky-just how I like it. At our server's recommendation, we each got variations on the Ropa Vieja- shredded beef stewed in a tomato sauce with beans, rice, and plantains on the side. Delicious! It was so tender and perfectly seasoned, and--this may be my favorite part about the experience--plenty of sauces at varying levels of spice were provided to alter the dish just to your own tastes. I can't wait to go back and try more authentic Colombian dishes. 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