8285 Bird Rd
Miami, FL 33155
Pueblito Viejo is a Colombian restaurant located on Bird Rd right across from Tropical Park. The place is a rather large stand alone restaurant that looks like a rather “old house” from afar. The interior is rather eclectic and unique. The inside looks like something out of an old museum for those who suffer from ADHD. The place is huge and is meant for larger parties. They also have bars and guys taking photos and singing songs. The whole environment is a large party feel.
As for the food, they offer a wide variety of Colombian classics like bandeja paisas, arepas, tostones, and churrasco. Our rather large party stuck with lots of the classic platters.
We started with tostones, which are savory plantains that are cut into slices, which are flattened and deep fried. The tostone is salty and is served with a nice citrusy salsa that offers a great kick to counter the salty.
The bandeja paisa is a Colombian platter that serves as sort of a sampler platter. It has a slice of churrasco steak, chicharron, sweet plantains, red beans, and rice (and an arepa). The skirt steak is nicely grilled and has a great salty taste and great beefy flavor. The chicharron is deep fried and is essentially a thick cut slice of bacon that is snipped up to resemble a door handle of crispy meat and the skin still attached. The red beans and rice are always a solid combo and actually comes with a fried egg on top as well. LOTS of food for only $16.
I ordered their Signature Churrasco Steak ($32) which looked like it was really meant for two people. Two giant slices of signature outside skirt steak that is served on a fucking paddle with a long sweet plantain, boiled potatoes, and fried yuca. Skirt steak is such an underrated cut of beef. Incredibly beefy flavor and tender. Cooked perfectly and served with a side of chimichurri sauce.
Service is good. I would say great but they do rush you quite a bit. Despite how much fun you definitely will have here, servers are a bit rude. As for the fun, they have a guy who goes around taking photos for you and your group without seeming intrusive. On the weekends, they also have a guy who comes around singing songs that he makes up right on the spot. He pretty much goes around making fun of patrons but its all in good fun. Also all in Spanish.
They offer valet parking for $6, which seems a bit much considering its a small parking lot and just seemed like a complete money grab. It gets hectic too when people are all trying to leave at the same time. Do yourself a favor and try parking across the street.
Ambience: A | Service: B- | Price: B | Food: B+