By Jessica Tuggle
VERO BEACH - Whether it's breakfast lunch, dinner, dessert or something in between, Mambo's Café has a dish to satisfy.
Located in the Indian River Mall in Vero Beach, Mambo's Café may fly under the radar of many people who walk by, but the ones who have stopped to try their food keep coming back for more.
Coffees, both hot and cold, are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to menu options at this bakery-turned-restaurant owned by the husband-and-wife team of Kent Molineros and Shirley Hincapie.
Café con leche, cortaditos or espressos with steamed milk, and even cappuccinos can make for a perky morning, and when they are accompanied by Mambo's best-selling, freshly baked croissants or croissant sandwiches, you have a meal that will get the morning started off on the right foot
By the time lunch rolls around, you can have your pick of hot or cold sandwiches, hot dogs or more hearty dishes such as beef stew, shredded beef or spare ribs, all served with white rice and beans.
The shredded beef dish was prepared with a few vegetables for flavor, including onions. In contrast to other diners in the food-court area, the meal stood out because of its pleasant, home-cooked aroma and tastiness.
For those who like a little spice in their meal, ask for a small serving of Mambo's hot sauce. Your taste buds will have a little fiesta after just one small bite dressed with the sauce.
The rice and beans were equally as tasty. The beans were cooked with small pieces of plantains, following Colombian tradition, Mr. Molineros said.
Fresh breads are a highlight at Mambo's and really make the small eatery stand out. Turnovers, guava and cheese pastries, cinnamon bread, as well as other sweet breads, would make a scrumptious afternoon snack.
Breakfast is served from open until close, and lunch and dinner items are also widely available throughout the day.
Mambo's Café occupies the space left vacant by an ice cream shop, but ice cream lovers should not fear because Mambo's has plenty of soft-serve ice cream to go around.
The ice cream can be made into sundaes, milkshakes and more, Ms. Hincapie said.
Mambo's Café hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
For more information, call (772) 492-8111 or visit www.facebook.com/pages/Mambos-Cafe/141086945970971.