Pork Arepa at Barroco Grill in Lakewood, Ohio (extreme close-up edition)
A grilled white corn pocket filled with roasted pork, peppers, mushrooms, onions, corn, and mozzarella.
I’ve been itching to try this place for weeks now, and finally the opportunity presented itself today. After a quick walk from the W. 117th train stop, I popped into the little store front, and enjoyed what Food Network called “the best sandwich in Ohio”. I’m not so sure I would call it a sandwich, but I will say that its place on any “best of” list is well deserved. Everything about it was amazing, no way around it.
They also brought out five different sauces to accompany the food. That might have been my favorite part. I mixed it up bite-by-bite, switching from garlic to chimmichurri to ranchero and back again. The spicy peanut was also killer (while not too hot). I’m not too crazy for pineapple, so I laid off that one for the most part; but in the samples I had, it wasn’t overly sweet.
In my reviews, I normally like to stick to the food - while leaving out decor, atmosphere, music, etc. (the stupid stuff that other food blogs talk about…) But I have to say that I really felt at home in this place. Loud music, sharpie writing on the walls, the BYOB-friendly attitude… it just felt like Athens to me; and I loved that. Over the last few months I’ve been extremely nostalgic for my college town, and am counting the days til Homecoming weekend.
But back to Barroco… I can’t say enough about this place. It was great - and I’ve only been there once. Needless to say, I’m already plotting a return trip.