By Susan Swagler
D’Road Café is a kind of crossroads of international flavor in downtown Montgomery. It’s billed as a Latin (and mainly Venezuelan) restaurant, but owner Janett Malpartida pays no mind to borders. South American cuisine is just the beginning of what she can do.
“I believe that food is happiness, and I want to share that with my family and friends,” says the self-taught chef and Venezuelan native. And family here takes on a larger meaning.
“We don’t have a conventional restaurant,” Malpartida says. “I really want you to feel at home. Like, when you go home, and you say ‘Mom, what do you have?’ And she says, ‘Come to the kitchen and see.’ You say, ‘OK, I want this, this and this.’ You take your plate, and you go and sit down. … My clients, for me, are my priority. So, I will say this is like home.”
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