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Cuisine Safari Visits Aromas Del Sur in Ephrata

Jan 05, 2015 12:32PM ● By David Maynard

Paella at Aromas Del Sur in Ephrata.

Cuisine Safari is a local group that explores ethnic food from various restaurants in the Central Pennsylvania area. This is a monthly profile of the places that the group has visited to showcase the vibrant ethnically diverse cuisines in the area and the owners who run the establishments.

I interviewed Arturo and Henry Buitrago of Aromas Del Sur, a Colombian restaurant located in Ephrata, Pennsylvania. Who provided some background about their place and Colombian cuisine in general.

Why did you decide to open a restaurant?

We wanted to introduce Colombian food to the area and my brother owned the location but it was vacant at the time.

Who owns the restaurant?

My brother and I are the principal owners but it’s a family business so our family members are very much involved to help run it.

How long have you been in business for?

About 4 years. 

Where are you originally from and how long have you been living in the US?

I am from Medellin, Colombia.  I've been in the United States for about 33 years, I spent 18 of those years in New York and I've been living 15 years in Lancaster County.

What is the national dish of your country?

Bandaja Paisa, a traditional Colombian dish with rice, beans, Chorizo, Plantains, beef steak, pork strip, cornbread, and a fried egg.

What dish(es) would you recommend to people trying Colombian cuisine for the first time?

Tamales or Arroz con Pollo  (chicken with rice).

What differentiates Colombian cuisine from other Latin American cuisines?

There is not that much difference between say like, Puerto Rican and Colombian food. The difference rests mostly with the way it is prepared as for instance, what seasonings are used.

Where are you located?

Aromas Del Sur is located at 548 S. State Street, Ephrata, PA 17522. Our phone number is 717-738-0101. You can find our menu at the website which is at 

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