BITE-SIZED

So Much More Than Sweets

Fuel up on Venezuelan-inspired breakfast, lunch 
and dinner at this Riverside gem

The outer corncake of the homemade arepa is sturdy enough to support the butter, black beans and queso blanco tucked inside.
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Tres Leches' dessert case is always full of Chef Irena Sweda's favorite creations. Go for the marquesa, a traditional Venezuelan cake made of thin layers 
of cookies.
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Tres Leches offers a variety of quiches, including asparagus, leek and gruyere.
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A case displays quiches, sandwiches and other selections of the day.
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Oranges are hand-squeezed in-house for a flavorful cup of fresh orange juice.
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The ahi and orzo salad debuted on the third Saturday three-course brunch menu. Flown in from the West Coast, the ahi was fresh and flavorful.
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Simple yet delicious, this thin cookie was topped with creamy lemon mousse, freshly chopped mint and strawberry slices.
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The Mediterranean mousse, served with a stack of crisp crostini, is reminiscent of a flavorful, Greek-inspired five-layer dip.
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Tres Leches opened at the corner of Stockton and Myra streets in historic Riverside eight months ago, after relocating from Springfield.
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869 Stockton St., Riverside

551-4375

treslechesdesserts.com

Caron Streibich covers dining out throughout Northeast Florida. If you have information about new restaurant openings, menu changes or other food-related news, contact her here. Streibich is also the host of our regular Folio Weekly Bite Club gatherings. Follow the Bite Club on Facebook or Twitter to learn more about it.

How can you not love a restaurant that shares its name with a delicious dessert made from three different milks?

Owners Eddie and Irene Sweda opened Tres Leches at the corner of Stockton and Myra streets in historic Riverside eight months ago, after relocating from Springfield.

Selling more than just sweets, Tres Leches is open for breakfast, lunch and a light dinner. The Swedas' passion for creating good food is contagious, and Irene Sweda's tried-and-true Venezuelan recipes are made from scratch.

One standout that I haven't had anywhere else in Northeast Florida is the arepa: a round hand-held corn cake that encases your choice of fixings. I've found that butter, black beans and queso blanco make for a nice light breakfast or lunch. It's a bit messy, but the outer corn cake proves sturdy enough to support the fillings. (Insider tip: You can order breakfast items like egg and cheese as fillings.) Wash it down with Tres Leches' freshly made House Lime-n-ade that's refreshing and not too sweet.

The menu features pastries, quiches, artisan breads, sandwiches, cakes and homemade soups. I stumbled upon something on my last visit that's worth sharing: On the third Saturday of each month, Tres Leches offers a $15 three-course brunch, with a choice of coffee, tea or fresh-squeezed orange juice (with complimentary refills).

I tried the brunch recently and was impressed. First up was a spreadable Mediterranean mousse with a stack of crisp crostini. The mousse reminded me of a Greek-inspired, five-layer dip that had been blended together. The feta, olives, onion, cucumber, yellow squash, sun-dried tomatoes, peppers and spices fused perfectly.

From the three entrée options, I chose the asparagus, leek and gruyere quiche, but I also snagged a few bites of the tuna and orzo salad. The tuna, flown in from the West Coast, was fresh and flavorful. Full from the first two courses, I was pleasantly surprised by the simplicity of the dessert: A trio of lemon mousse, chopped strawberries and fresh mint sat atop a thin, crisp cookie. Delicious!

With seating inside for roughly 20 and a few seats outside, the restaurant plans to add more outdoor seating in the fall.

Specializing in homemade sweets, Tres Leches has an expansive dessert case featuring tres leches cake, marquesa de chocolate, strawberry meringue cake, French macaroons and meringue cookies polvorosas (wedding cookies). You might want to grab something to take with you.

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