One of Luna Latin’s appetizers, Luna Caviar, links the two cultures by combining Venezuelan-style black beans, Southern-style black-eyed peas, sweet corn, and other flavors.
Hamburgers even are on the menu at Pa’que Ronald and Luna Latin, but with a Venezuelan twist. Hamburguesas come with ham, griddled potato shreds, and egg along with the more familiar ground beef patty, cheese, lettuce, and tomato in a bun. Pa’que Ronald also sells hamburguesas made with smoked pork chop, chicken, roast beef, and a combo of meats.
Most dishes at Luna Latin and Pa’que Ronald center around stewed and shredded beef and chicken, roasted pork, or what’s called the “domino,” black beans dotted with white rice.
Rom Mendez, who opened Luna Latin restaurant in 2018, road-tested many of his Venezuelan-influenced dishes while operating the Cantina on Wheels food truck, which now uses Luna Latin as its commissary. The restaurant also serves tacos, quesadillas, and nachos. Its bar mixes cocktails made from Venezuelan rum.
Montilla and his wife, Angelica Barboza, opened the Pa’que Ronald food truck in 2019. Nestled in the parking lot of an O’Reilly Auto Parts store on U.S. 31, its specialties include Southern American-style empanadas and pepitos, Spanish-influenced sandwiches.