Medellin Colombian Fusion, 4631 N. State Road 7, Coconut Creek. Open for lunch and dinner 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call 954-755-0941, or click here.
Colombian food is hearty fare, and Medellin — an attractive restaurant on the edge of Coral Springs — is no exception. Here, the platos tipicos are loaded with the kind of meaty, starchy fare to keep you going all day long. Bandeja paisa, Colombia's national dish, is represented here with a thin-pounded steak and choice of chicharron (fried pork skin) or chorizo (spicy sausage), plus a fried egg, guacamole, and a dump truck's worth of rice and stewed red beans. The only thing missing: a pillow for the nap you'll need after. Beef, chicken, or cheese empanadas are great and come with a rustic green-onion salsa for dipping. The fusion part of the name comes into play in plates of garlic- and wine-marinated grilled chicken (with equally huge portions) and giant fillets of red snapper smothered in vibrant criollo sauce (an aromatic tomato sauce). The most expensive entrée costs $17, plus there are plenty of sandwiches, salads, and cheap lunch options. Meaning Medellin will leave your wallet as full as your stomach.