Mr. Hawthorne and I took a trip to Manteo the other week and tried out a fairly new restaurant - La Cabana, located where the old Saul's Barbecue used to be. La Cabana is a family-oriented restaurant serving affordable home-style Latin food from Central America.
Mr. Hawthorne ordered a tamale - soft masa dough encasing a filling of chicken, tiny carrots and peas, potatoes, and topped with cheese and pico de gallo. It came with a choice of soups and Mr. Hawthorne ordered the shrimp chowder. The shrimp chowder was excellent. Mr. Hawthorne was impressed. He got a big bite of shrimp in every spoonful. Plus, he was inspired to make his own shrimp chowder. Lucky for you, since that recipe will be forthcoming.
I ordered the chimichanga (My new favorite word. But you have to overly enunciate it just right.) with beef, served with a chimichurri sauce on top, with sides of refried beans, yellow rice, a tomato, pepper, lettuce, and onion salad with sour cream and a delicious fried plantain.
I love authentic food and this is the real deal. We'll be back.