Dominican Restaurant Offers Popular Latin American Cuisine, Owner Shares the American Dream

By Camila Fernandez

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INDIANAPOLIS (TO WISH) — Nulvin Jimenez is a business owner and immigrant. She moved from Venezuela to the United States years ago to live her American dream.

His restaurant, Tu Casa Latin Food, opened over four years ago and offers some of the tastiest and most popular dishes in Latin American cuisine.

Jimenez left New York for Indiana more than 20 years ago in search of better living conditions. She started selling food in her own kitchen and now, with the help of her family, she has opened this restaurant.

“I love that we’re able to bring that to our community, and I love how diverse we are,” said Jimenez’s son, Jose Castillo-Jimenez.

Castillo-Jimenez sometimes says he’s in the kitchen or serving food, but it’s the time he spends with his mother that he cherishes the most.

“It’s a special bond that we can share together because life is busy. We grow up and… we make our own lives, but that kind of stuff just brings us back together,” he said.

The restaurant offers dishes from places like the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Colombia, but it’s a plate of food called El Pabellon, from Venezuela, that is its favorite.

“You can put the sauce on the pulled beef. The beef shred has this great tomato sauce cooked with peppers, and the shredded beef is cooked for a few hours and it’s like steamed, and then they cook it,” said

“It’s beef, meat with mofongo. The platanos – they are so delicious. Me being Mexican, I really recommend Dominican food,” said Indianapolis resident Felipe Flores.

“If you have a dream there — if you’re Latino, if you’re Hispanic, whatever you identify with — go for it. Nothing is impossible,” Castillo-Jimenez said.

Jimenez says she hopes to expand her business in the future.

Tu Casa Latin Food is located at 2989 W. 71st St. in Indianapolis.

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