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Quick, casual and tasty: La Granja restaurant

Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 4:20 pm



By Peter Covino

A&E Editor

Bet you thought this was going to be about pizza.

After several weeks of new pizza places in Osceola County, the looking for that lunch special this week is La Granja, a chain of South Florida restaurants which recently opened its first Kissimmee location.

Think Pollo Tropical, with a bit of a more upscale menu, more variety and somewhat pricier, and you have La Granja.

The first La Granja (the farm) opened in Aruba, with restaurants in South Florida soon following.

It bills itself as a family-style Peruvian restaurant, and that comes mostly from the specialties items on the menu including garlic  fish, seafood rice and mixed ceviche.

Chicken is the most popular dish here, and I tried the one-quarter chicken, white meat platter, which includes white rice and black beans. Add a drink and the special prices in at about $8 or so.

You get a nice-sized piece of chicken, and a lot of rice and beans. I would have been happier if the price were about a dollar cheaper, but it is a tasty chicken dish.

There also is a sauce vending bar, featuring several varieties of sauces (featuring onions, jalapenos, spices and more) to enhance the flavor of any order at the restaurant.

Some of the other daily specials at the restaurant include one-half pound grilled steak, with rice, beans, bananas and soda for $10.95; one-quarter pound grilled pork, with rice, beans, bananas and soda, $9.95; one-half pound fish fillet, with rice, beans, bananas and soda, $10.25; boneless breast, with rice, beans, bananas and soda, $9.95; The restaurant has a variety of chicken platters, featuring everything from chicken wings to chicken fried rice. The most expensive platter is the whole chicken platter with two side items for $15.50.

The restaurant also h as steak platters, pork platters, fajitas, sandwiches, appetizers and sandwiches.

If you are looking for something more Peruvian (I have only tried the lunch chicken special, no know endorsements here), the Seafood Platters look to be a good choice.

Options include arroz con mariscos (seafood rice); pecado a lo macho (macho fish); chaufa de mariscos (seafood fried rice); chicharron de pescado (fried fish chunks) and chicarron de calamar (fried calamari).

You can also feed the whole family with a family meal including options like one-half chicken, one-half pound steak and one-half pound pork, with large rice, large beans and large French fries for $36.75.

La Granja is located at 2809 W. Vine St., Kissimmee.