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How to Satisfy the Urge for Authentic Colombian Comfort Food in St. Pete

How to Satisfy the Urge for Authentic Colombian Comfort Food in St. Pete

Marlon Yepes (right) and his mother, Luz Echeverri, sell about 7,000 empanadas a week.

Marlon Yepes immigrated to Florida with his mom, dad, brother, and sister from Colombia 10 years ago. Dedicated to recreating the traditional dishes of his roots, Yepes opened Mi Carreta Restaurant & Bakery in St. Petersburg, Florida. The eatery quickly became a gathering spot for the Latinx/Hispanic community and fans of Colombian cuisine in the Tampa Bay area.

The country of Colombia boasts many signature dishes that reflect its vast regions and diverse population with African, indigenous, and Spanish flavors. Mi Carreta caters to these regional tastes with highlights from the best of all these cultures.

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