“recreateing the flavors of warm, memorable meals”
La Bodega, a Dominican eatery, recreates the flavors of warm, memorable meals like locrio cooked over an open fire and a whole roasted pig over Christmas dinner to the Square’s diverse and fast growing culinary scene. Enjoy rustic rice dishes, traditional sides, sandwiches, and seasonal specials based in a casual, bright, fun loving atmosphere. The neighborhood bodegas, or convenience stores, in the Dominican Republic have long been a gathering place where uncles go to buy beer and cigarettes, kids and families dined on traditional dishes prepared by an auntie or abuela who owns the shop. After cooking in many kitchens in Seattle, Manuel (Manu) Alfau aims to bring the flavors of his homeland, the Dominican Republic, to Seattle’s Pioneer Square with La Bodega. Phone orders for pickup are welcome, as well as delivery orders, or dine in!
This is a real gem. Having eaten traditional central american food in central america, this place brought back a flood of memories. We met the owner and chef, Manu, who puts his own spin on the recipes. We chatted with him for a bit. Very approachable and a seriously nice guy.
The Empanadas (meaty ones and vegetarian ones!) are amazing. The slow roasted pork sandwiches rival anything I’ve had in the area (the house aoli seeps into the Macrina Bakery bread and it all just melts in your mouth). Roasted beet salad? Yup. And the Pastel Tres Leches (three-milk-cake) is so moist with bit of a zing!
We tried a bunch of stuff. It was all so good. Great happy hour too!
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- Mon - Fri: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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