Did you know that one of the only authentic Panamanian spots in the entire country is right here in Brooklyn? Did you also know that it's run by the sweetest folks on the planet, and that if their cooking is any indication, Panamanian food is absolutely delicious? Last night, the best of Brooklyn Yelp found out all of this with an exclusive look at Kelso Bistro!
Having recently renovated, the new and improved Kelso welcomed the NYC Elite Squad into their small and cozy Franklin Avenue space for some amazing eats. This local business defintely represents the best of Brooklyn: lovely people serving up authentic and unique food. She finally made it out to her first event, and Tanya R was smitten by the "EXTREMELY hospitable staff" and her "first experience eating Panamanian cuisine was da bomb diggity." All she can remember is the "endless platters of tasty fried dough things, corncake goodies and meat-filled delights. Everything was piping hot off the burners, spicy and delicious."
But for Chris D, it was all about the cow's foot soup: "I still cannot get over how good that soup was. Seriously… amazing. That soup was sooo good. Yes the empanadas, corn fritters and chicken rice was all very delicious.. but OMG that soup! I wanted to take it home and make love to it."
It wouldn't have been a party without our very own local Sorel slanger Jack From Brooklyn on hand pouring cocktails (with a little help from our very own Deoroop!). You have to check out this Red Hook-based beverage if you haven't yet had the pleasure: Sorel combines Brazilian clove, Indonesian cassia, Nigerian ginger and Indonesian nutmeg with Moroccan hibiscus for a globally delicous but locally made treat. If you're also a Liquortarian (they've got my vote), check Jack out here. (And you know it's good if Heisenberg and Jesse Pinkman drink it in between hits of the blue meth.)
Love the sound of a Panamanian meal? You can find Kesha, Veronica, Renee and the rest of the friendly Kelso staff over at 648 Franklin Ave; they'll treat you right! We want to send a huge thanks their way for welcoming us in with open arms, and I know I'll be back soon!
Whether or not you made it out, make sure to check out all the reviews of the event, the photos from the lovely Melanie Fidler, and what folks are saying all over. Thanks to all for making a brisk Monday night so special!
Peter D and the rest of the Yelp NYC Team