Villa Verde adds Saturday brunch

Saturday brunch in Greenville will get a new taste beginning this weekend at Villa Verde, 2601 E. 10th St.

And in honor of Veteran's Day, brunch will be provided free of charge to all Armed Services veterans with an ID on Nov. 11.

The Villa Verde Saturday brunch menu will feature breakfast specialties from the island of Hispanola, including:

* Pina Colada pancakes; * El Cibaeno Sandwich with eggs, thick cherrywood smoked bacon and Dominican salami; * Dominican Avena, a bowl of creamy made-from-scratch oatmeal; and * Mangu, the traditional Dominican breakfast of boiled plantains that are mashed with garlic and butter and served with with fried eggs, Dominican salami and fried cheese.

Dominican-style brewed coffee with a sprinkle of cinnamon will be available.

Brunch will be served from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays. Patrons may order from Villa Verde's regular menu beginning at 11 a.m.

"Villa verde" means Greenville in Spanish. Owners Yordanys Bastardo -- who goes by "Jay" -- and his wife Eridania grew up in the Villa Verde section of La Romana before relocating to Greenville. They have become local ambassadors for the Dominican culture and for their adopted hometown of Greenville.

They began by serving food from the Villa Verde truck and built on their food's popularity by opening a restaurant at 2601 E. 10th St. in 2015.

"We want to continue to expand and respond to customer requests," Yordanys said. "People have been asking for brunch."

Call Villa Verde at 252-689-6005 and follow the restaurant on Facebook.

(Photos by Kyle Kettler)

Jane Welborn Hudson, a native of Greenville, wrote The Daily Reflector's Hot Dish restaurant column for 12 years and the Greensboro News & Record's Short Orders restaurant column for 8 years. Email her at

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