Sacha’s Café Holding Columbian traditions close to heart

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Sacha’s Café Holding Columbian traditions close to heart

Sacha’s serves house-made cheese fresh everyday. Photo: Rebecca Snyder

Sacha’s Café offers delectable Colombian cuisine to the Greenville community. Located at 1001 N. Pleasantburg Drive near the East North Street intersection, Sacha’s Café provides a cozy hub where quality food is guaranteed.

Menu options vary widely, from fried pork ribs to chicken skewers to patacones, which are crushed plantain bananas fried into a patty.

One of the most popular menu items is the Chuzo combo, which consists of a chicken skewer, French fries, and a sweet corn arepa, a thicker version of a tortilla, with house made cheese on top. Prices range between $1 and $21, with average prices being $3.99 to $7.25.

Colombian cuisine, while similar in some respects to Mexican cuisine, differs slightly. While many Mexican foods are spicy by nature, Colombian cuisine substitutes herbs such as cilantro and parsley in place of cayenne and other hot peppers.

According to general manager Irma, freshness is vital to operations at Sacha’s Café. Irma said the café’s emphasis is providing superior food to their customers.

“A lot of people come in just for the arepas,” Irma said. “You’re not going to find it anywhere else, just this place.”

Irma makes the house-made cheese fresh every day, ensuring that customers will receive a quality product each time. All of their menu items come in fresh and are prepared in-house.

The café originated in Colombia, South America, where Irma’s husband, Elkin, owned a café with an adjacent club for 30 years. There they served fast food, but when the couple relocated to America 18 years ago, they turned their fast food place into the café that exists today.

Inspiration for the café’s name came from their menu item selections. The ‘sa’ in Sacha’s stands for sandwiches, the ‘ch’ signifies chorizo, a type of sausage, and the last two letters represent hamburgers.

Their logo, a dog with coffee and a top hat, pictures their emphasis on meat and beverage selections.

Sacha’s Café advertises mostly by word-of-mouth, but they do have a Facebook page and a website, sachascafe.com.

According to Irma, the main way they attract customers is by their low prices and customer service. She also said she would like to see expansion of their café within the next three to four years.

Sacha’s Café is open Monday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.