We came to Los Andes on a very hot day, 99 degrees with a dew point of 75. The air conditioning was minimal, unfortunately. (We had hoped for a cool retreat.) A first look at the menu revealed relatively few vegetarian choices, which was unfortunate. I was looking for familiar Ecuadorian dishes and found some although the selection seemed less familiar than what I know from Ecuador or Peru so I deduced that it must be more Colombian than anything.
As our food came it was surprisingly good. We did manage to find a pretty good selection of vegetarian choices, but if we came back we would end up eating the same things over and over. We ordered humitas con queso, baked corn cakes with cheese which tasted quite freshly ground, slightly sweet and good corn flavour. There were also some patacones con queso, fried green plantain with cheese. These were also delicious, crispy, slightly sweet and cheesy. These would be great with beer. All three of us decided to have the vegetarian plate which was pretty good, although it was quite starchy. It did include some cheese and beans for protein. I also sampled some tree tomato juice. (Tree tomatoes are a uniquely Andean fruit somewhat like a tomato but grown on trees.)
There are some Andean places in town that do somewhat better but this was still quite satisfying. Service was friendly although our server could have kept a little closer eye on the water, given the heat.
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