Sazón Bachata: The Caribbean Comes to Grand Avenue in Phoenix
Natalie Miranda Pollo salteado con vegetales
When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).
Restaurant: Sazón Bachata
Location: 906 N. 15th Ave.
Open: Week and a half
Price: $10 to $20 per person
Opened for just a couple of weeks, tiny Sazón Bachata is easy to miss, as it's dwarfed by a next-door automotive business. But you won't want to miss it, because upon stepping inside, you'll feel like you're reuniting with relatives.
Natalie Miranda Inside Sazón Bachata
Family-owned and -operated, the eatery is one of a handful of Caribbean restaurants in the Valley. It's inviting and informal, with the menu -- which changes depending on availability of ingredients -- written in chalk on the wall. If the writing is illegible, the staff will be more than happy to recite the day's available dishes.
Natalie Miranda Morir soñando, or "die dreaming"
When offered morir soñando ($3), say yes.
The drink, translated to "die dreaming," is made fresh daily and kept in a glass punch bowl in the refrigerator. It is made with orange and lime juices, evaporated milk, and sugar. Think Orange Bang, but fresher and not as thick.