1001 N Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville, SC 29607
Hours: Mon: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Tues – Thurs: 11:00AM – 9:00PM, Fri & Sat: 11:00AM – 2:00AM, Sun: CLOSED
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Perfect for: A casual lunch, catching a soccer game on TV, late night eats
Menu: Latin American cuisine with Colombian specialties
Bar/Drinks: Their specialties are their fresh juices – they have six varieties.
Good to Know: While the menu does have English descriptions, there might be a bit of a challenge when ordering. Luckily, the staff is super helpful, and the menu has pictures.
Parking: There is a large lot behind the building, as well as a small lot beside the building.
Bathroom: It’s a bathroom, what do you expect?
I am all about being a culinary adventurer. Trying new cuisines and new dishes is a thrilling experience, and one that I often relish in (was that a food pun)? When I heard Sacha’s Café on Pleasantburg was serving some amazing Latin food, I had to try it. On a recent Saturday, my friend and I decided to visit Sacha’s. It was after the usual lunch hour (around 1:30), but Sacha’s still drew a relatively large crowd. That being said, the size of the building is somewhat deceptive. You see a packed parking lot and a tiny building and you think, “We’re never going to get a table.” However, Sacha’s is much bigger than it appears.
We were seated quickly by a friendly staff member who ended up being our waitress. She was bubbly and attentive. After taking our drink order, it was time to go over the menu. This is where I will give my one caveat about eating at Sacha’s. My friend and I were at somewhat of a loss when it came to the menu. The items were listed under their traditional names. I appreciate this, but I wish I had done my research. I was familiar with a few of the dishes, but the majority of them were unfamiliar.
Our waitress returned with our drinks and we ordered appetizers. I chose the Empanada de Pollo, and my friend the Empanada Colombiana. Empanadas are essentially Latin turnovers. They are little pastry pockets filled with various combinations of meat and veggies. We needed a little more time with the menu before choosing our main courses.
It wasn’t long before the empanadas arrived. Before we dug in, we placed our orders. I settled on the Pollo y Camarones Arepas and my friend, the Patacones Mixto. We both butchered the pronunciation of these dishes, but our waitress didn’t look at us like we were fools. She actually helped us with the pronunciation. Next time I won’t feel so embarrassed.
Now on to the empanadas. My pollo (chicken) empanada was packed with succulent chicken. The turnover’s shell was crispy and flavorful but still allowed the chicken to shine. Each empanada was served with a cup of sauce reminiscent of pico de gallo. Unfortunately, I didn’t catch the name of the sauce, but it complemented the empanada expertly. My friend scarfed his empanada so fast that I wasn’t able to taste it, but the quickness with which he ate it speaks for how good it must have been.
Soon after we finished our empanadas, our main courses arrived. Mine was delivered to me in a foil pouch with the word “delicious” printed on it over and over. I was eager to see if the contents of the pouch delivered on that promise. My friends patacones were piled high with meat. Patacones are plantains that are smashed into flat discs (they are also known by their counterpart, tostones). The “Mixto” in the dish’s name came from the generous portions of chicken and steak that accompanied the patacones. I was able to taste this dish and it was phenomenal. The steak was juicy and tender. The seasoning was out of this world. It imbued the meat with a mouth-watering flavor. The patacones themselves were crisp and the perfect vehicle for the luscious meat.
The main event: my arepa. This was my first experience with an arepa and I was not disappointed. An arepa is a patty made from corn flour that can be sliced open and made into a sandwich, and this is just what they did at Sacha’s. My arepa was bursting at the seams with chicken (pollo) and shrimp (camarones). It is hard to overstate how juicy this sandwich was. There was juice dripping down my hands as I ate it (don’t worry, I used a napkin). While that may be a deterrent for some, others know that the juice is pure flavor. I was sad when I got to the end of my arepa.
The food at Sacha’s is both delightful and filling, and the service is friendly. We noticed everyone else ordering the fresh juice, and next time I will definitely try one. If you are looking for a culinary adventure, head to Sacha’s Café.
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