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La Fonda Latina

Perfect For: Cheap Eats Classic Establishment Lunch Outdoor/Patio Situation Serious Take-Out Operation

After a long day at work, the last thing you want to do is decide where to go for dinner. These are the times when you just want to eat something simple and reliable, without any surprises. It’s like when you flip through Netflix before settling on an old episode of Golden Girls, again. But Golden Girls isn’t bad, Golden Girls is good. Sometimes Golden Girls is all you need, and the same can be said about La Fonda Latina.

This very casual spot located near Candler Park serves Mexican, Spanish, and Cuban food, which you don’t often see together, but somehow still works - especially when you’re having trouble deciding what you actually want to eat. The menu includes everything from tacos to paella to Cuban sandwiches, all of which are consistently good and go great with a margarita or two. But the enchiladas, which are covered in a chipotle ancho chili tomato sauce that we wish was served on everything at La Fonda, are the thing to get here, and what you’ll crave when you’re eating a sad desk salad the next day at work. And while La Fonda is a pretty small place, they have a big patio that’s the perfect spot to unwind with a drink, eat some chips and salsa, and be glad that you’re not still at home debating if you want pizza or Thai food.

The next time you’re drawing a blank on where to go for dinner after work, start the drive over to La Fonda. The food here won’t surprise you, but just like when you flip past the newest cult documentary on Netflix to spend some time with Blanche and Rose instead, you’ll always be happy with your decision.

Food Rundown

Queso La Fonda Dip

We rarely find a white queso dip we don’t like, and this one is no exception. Get it with pickled jalapenos if you like it spicy.

Guacamole Dip

Restaurants get kind of crazy with guacamole mix-ins these days, but here it’s served simply with avocados, tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, and lime juice.

Paella

The house specialty here is made with calamari, shrimp, chicken, chorizo, onions, and green peppers. It’s enough to serve two, but definitely get your own and save the rest for later.

Bocadillo con Bistec

La Fonda does have a classic Cubano, but this is our favorite sandwich on the menu. It comes with marinated beef, Monterey jack cheese, onions, peppers, tomatoes, and a Cuban dressing that you’ll immediately want more of.

Beef Enchiladas

La Fonda enchiladas should hold a special place in your heart. Served with black beans and yellow rice on the side, this dish can do no wrong.

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