El Gran Sabor (Elkins)

Yes, I know, I’m falling behind.

I’m happy to share a find in the beautiful mountain town of Elkins — El Gran Sabor.  Sabor serves Venezualan fare — unique in the state as far as I know — and was quite good on my first visit.

El Gran Sabor is located in a converted house on Kerens Avenue and has a space in the back for the bar and live music.  I went on a random weekday and it was quite busy; I had to take a seat at the bar.  Turns out that the bar was a great place as the bartender/Co-owner Rob Masten was very friendly and proud of the food his wife/chef/co-owner Derdlim was fashioning.

I started with a Latin-themed chicken and veggie soup.

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The flavor was light with a taste of cilantro and the chunks of chicken were huge.  All in all, a great way to start the meal.  Because I was traveling solo, I passed on the fried plantains (tostones).  Maybe next time.

My dinner was the house special:  cachapas.  A cachapa is a hand made pancake from a sweet corn batter that is folded and stuffed with meat, cheese, and veggies.  The cachapa is on the right.  Also in the picture are black beans (top) and rice (left).

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I chose pulled pork, but they do steak, shrimp, chicken and grilled vegatables.  It was phenomenal.  They also do empanadas (fried meat pies) and arepas (corn flat bread sandwiches) plus all of the standard Mexican fare.

Back at the bar, Rob walked me through the options on tap — 4 Elkins beers, 4 Mountain State beers and sangria.  I’d never seen that before, but friends of mine were intrigued by just that.

I’m looking forward to my next visit.  I think I want to try the empanada and arepa combo with a cold, local draft.  Check out the menu at http://www.elgransabor.com/.  El Gran Sabor is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Friday and for dinner only on Saturday.

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