OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — You don't have to travel far in Omaha to satisfy your Latin cuisine taste buds.
At The Hunger Block in Rockbrook Village near 108th and Center, you can find authentic South American dishes from countries like Argentina, Peru, Colombia, and Venezuela.
"I think people are pretty familiar with Mexican food, but we saw an opportunity to bring in something new from South America," said co-owner Carlos Mendez, who opened the restaurant in May 2018.
The Hunger Block means 'La Calle Hambre' in Spanish. "In multiple South American countries, La Calle Hambre is a concept or street full of restaurants where people go to grab a quick bite to eat. Traditional food but they're quick meals of street foods," said Mendez. "It can be anytime of the day or even for an after party. We wanted to bring that idea to Omaha."
The restaurant's menu consists of typical South American plates like arepas, empanadas, and arroz chaufa, mixed with street foods like hamburgers, tacos, and patacones - fried plantains.
The portions at The Hunger Block are large and many of their dishes are meant to be shared.
The joint has gained popularity for it's ginormous and innovative milkshakes, which come in a mason jar with spoonfuls of ice cream, topped with a doughnut, ice cream sandwich, cookies, or a piece of cake.
"The milkshakes are popular in Venezuela so we thought we'd bring them here. People love them. Four people can easily share them and they're great for birthdays or celebrations," added Mandez.
Mendez describes his spot as casual and fun for the entire family, but says their specialty alcoholic beverages, like flavored margaritas, mojitos, sangrias, Pisco Sour and a Smoky Rosemary Flower drink make it an ideal environment for the adult crowds.
The location includes indoor and outdoor seating and a party room that seats up to 20 people.
11036 Elm St. Omaha, NE 68144
Monday - Thursday: 11AM - 9PM
Friday - Saturday: 11AM - 10PM
Sunday - 10AM - 6PM