A block away from executive circle in Hollywood, tucked among rows of strip-malls, lies yet another nondescript shopping plaza. Inside this one lies a hidden gem: Las Americas Bakery.
The decor is not what you would consider glamorous; the interior is typical of most latin bakeries -- straight to the point. Warm yellow walls, stark wooden tables and iron-framed chairs create a utilitarian feel. A photo collage near the front door shows off Colombian landmarks, landscapes and food. To the left lies a large glass bakery display case filled with sweet deliciousness: elephant ears, cookies, pandebono, pandequeso, and guava pastries.
The premise is simple: walk up to the counter, order, and grab a table. I decided to bring a Colombian friend to walk me through the process. We ordered Postobon to drink. It's a Colombian apple-flavored soft drink. Then came the food. Since Las Americas is known for its baked goods, we couldn't pass up the opportunity for a tasting. We ordered pandebono and pandequeso, both of which are different styles of cheese bread, as well as an empanada. All were very tasty and quite filling. When the entrees finally arrived, we were overwhelmed.
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Overall, Las Americas is a lovely, comfortable spot where you can afflict yourself with a food coma or feed a Sunday morning hangover.