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Hidden in plain sight Beavercreek restaurant pumping out big flavors 

Sometimes the wait is worth it. 

That is definitely true when it comes to the made-to-order food prepared at La Colombiana Restaurante, 2495 Commons Boulevard in Beavercreek.

The food the family-owned eatery serves comes out hot and full of flavor. 

La Colombiana opened in 2014. (Amelia Robinson)

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Staffers at the restaurant opened in 2014 were friendly and helpful in navigating a menu filled with traditional and approachable Colombian food. 

Started by Martin and Ana Maria Rivera, La Colombiana is festively decorated, but not over-the-top. 

It is located near the Mall of Fairfield Commons and has about 40 seats.

It offers healthy-size meal portions for lunch and dinner and has both gluten-free and vegan options. 

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I started by ordering a beef empanada with a hot con aji (a milder sauce is also available) because I can’t pass on the chance to eat fresh empanadas. 

Glad I didn’t. 

The golden corn turnovers were a potato and shredded beef delight. There are also chicken and vegetable empanadas. 

An appetizer serving of four is $5.99. A single empanada is $1.50 each.

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La Colombiana opened in 2014. (Amelia Robinson)

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 After much pondering, I settled for marinated and tender pork skewers for lunch. 

The delicious dish was served with an arepita bread, perfectly seasoned fried potatoes and a surprising pineapple gratin for $7.99. 

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The menu includes an impressive list of Colombian dishes like the traditional peasant platter ($15.99): beef, pork belly, sausage, egg, pinto beans, white rice, plantains, arepita and a salad. 

 

You’ll also find Arroz con Pollo (a shredded chicken and rice meal), picada and arepas.  

Bunuelos ( fried cheese doughballs) are sold on Saturdays and Sunday for $2 each. 

WHAT TO GO? 

What: La Colombiana Restaurante

Where: 2495 Commons Blvd., Beavercreek.

Connect: (937) 306-8096| lacolombiana.usFacebook

Hours: Sunday: 3 p.m. to  6 p.m.; 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday  to Thursday; 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and  Saturday. 

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