BOSTON — I had the absolute pleasure of visiting Orinoco for the first time a few weeks ago. The food was outstanding. You can almost taste the love and creativity that goes into each dish! Yet, what I was most taken with on my visit was not so much the food, but that over the course of just six years, Orinoco has become a neighborhood institution.
Then later on as I was getting to know Manager Andres Branger and Executive Chef Carlos Rodriguez, on the corner across the street from the restaurant, countless pedestrians walked up to us and told Andres and Carlos about their favorite dishes and how much they love coming to the restaurant. I noticed a beautifully knitted sleeve on the Orinoco lamppost and learned that the South End Knitters made it as gift of appreciation. Even the local dogs love and know Andres! Always the gentleman, Andres told the exuberant and disappointed pooch that he could not play today as he was visiting with me.
Andres and Carlos have so many stories about their regular community patrons, including a very special marriage proposal. I’ll let Andres tell you the story when you next visit Orinoco, but I will say that it did include some of the family pictures hanging on the wall of the restaurant. I suppose that captures the essence of Orinoco for me. The food is exciting and different, but you feel like you are getting to try it as the welcomed guest in the home of your neighbors Andres and Carlos.
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Boston, MA 02118
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Brookline, MA 02445
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