An international meal is like a thrilling film—each course introduces new culinary characters until dessert reveals that it was all the elaborate dream of a single cupcake. Eat an exotic meal sans subtitles with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of Panamanian cuisine and more at Kelso Restaurant Inc. By Veronica in Brooklyn.
Kelso fuses fresh fare and international flavors into a host of dishes hailing from Panama, Spain, the West Indies, Jamaica, and more. Global taste treks can start with patacones, a helping of delicately fried green plantains ($2), or a bowl-based beginner, such as cow-foot soup ($5–$7, available Tuesday–Saturday) or beef soup ($5–$7, available Sunday).
Special dishes are determined for each day of the week, with succulent selections including beef ribs ($8) on Tuesdays or red-pea stew ($8) on Fridays, giving weekdays an aroma more enticing than a bacon-scented bouquet. Many items are also available daily, allowing diners to sate sudden cravings for curry goat ($9) or oxtail ($10), served alongside fried plantains and savory sides, whenever they please. A children's menu caters to finicky fledglings, and an array of exotic juices such as tamarind and sea moss also complement mouth-fêting flavors.
The Village Voice named Kelso Restaurant Inc. By Veronica as the 2008 Best Panamanian food and also positively reviewed the business. Thirteen Yelpers give it a perfect five-star average, and 88% of Urbanspooners like it.
With the whole of Latin-American food as their focus, the chefs at Kelso Dining exercise a meticulous attention to detail as they craft a range of traditional Panamanian, Spanish, West Indian, and American comfort meals. Throughout the week, they may prepare Latin staples such as carne guisada, or pepper steak, and chuletas, or pork chops, as well as chicken and rice, pig's feet and lima beans, and Caribbean meals such as ackee and salt fish. They also wake up visitors with a Sunday brunch that features Panamanian fried bread, yucca-and-cassava empanadas, and chorizo sausages.