Top 10 Latin Restaurants in the U.S.
If you haven’t eaten yet, this may not be the article for you. Most of us have that one favorite Latin restaurant we crave from time to time. When we want a nice Cuban sandwich or a classic quesadilla, we know our spots. This article is for those of you who don’t know where to go. Here’s a list of the top Latin restaurants in the United States.
Gloria’s Latin Cuisine – sites throughout Texas
Founded in 1978, by Gloria and Jose Fuentes this partnership began one of the most well-known Latin restaurants throughout Texas. Coming from their native land of El Salvador the two sought out to bring their authentic flavor to the states. Their twenty locations throughout the state are in Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and many more.
Bogota Latin Bistro – Brooklyn, NY
This contemporary restaurant made its start in 2005 by George Constantinou Fernandez and Farid Ali Lancheros. With their Costa Rican and Colombian roots, respectively, they took their passion for Latin food and brought it to Brooklyn. Some of their best selling dishes include Bandeja Paisa, Arroz con Pollo, Fritanga, Arepas and, Empanadas.
Havana 1957 Cuban Cuisine – Miami, FL
Founded in 1957, hence the name, this lively restaurant has taken Cuban food to the next level. The unique dining experience presents Cuban music, and vintage memorabilia to bring the Havana experience to life. The specialties include Pollo Havana 1957 and one of the restaurant’s features include The Mojito Bar. (I’m sold already!)
Lolinda/El Techo – San Francisco, CA
These two sister restaurants were founded in 2012. Lolinda is an Argentinean steakhouse bringing Latin American flavors to meat that you didn’t know you needed until now. El Techo, translating as “the ceiling,” is the restaurant right above Lolinda with rooftop views and cocktails. Now that is how I want to be eating my Latin American food!
Havana Central – New York, NY
Founded in 2001 by Jeremy Merrin, who wanted to recreate Cuba’s golden era. Merrin had hopes of giving a restaurant experience filled with big plates of rice and beans for reasonable prices and Havana Central is nothing short. Whether you’re in the mood for a mojito or Ropa Vieja, Havana Central is the spot for you.
Luminarias – Los Angeles, CA
I can guarantee you’ve never been to a restaurant such as this one. Luminarias, translating as, Light On the Hill, contains a restaurant experience that will have you in awe. Containing authentic Mexican cuisine, it was founded in 1958 by David C. Tallichet Jr. Luminarias is the place to go for Brunch on Sunday or to simply enjoy their handmade tortillas and a refreshing Coronita.
Carnivale – Chicago, IL
With a combination of South American countries including Argentina, Colombian, Brazil and more, Carnivale is a fusion of food and flavors. Not only do the meals have flavors but this colorful restaurant also hosts events including DJs, face painting and balloon artists. Talk about a full experience!
Tierra Colombiana – Philadelphia, PA
Serving the Philadelphia community for over 29 years, Tierra clearly has the recipes that keep their customers returning. Located in the heart of the Hispanic community in North Philadelphia, it has attracted consumers with its traditional Latin American and Caribbean food. As if their notorious Arepas weren’t attracting enough, Tierra even becomes a nightclub and has been selected the number one choice in Latin Fusion nightlife in Philadelphia.
Lauriol – Washington D.C.
Founded in 1983, Lauriol Plaza Restaurant is known for its good food for reasonable prices. The unique décor includes the main floor, the mezzanine level, an outside patio, and rooftop. Their all-time favorite dishes include Masita de Puerco, Pollo Asado, and Bistec Cubano. With superb scenery and food, Lauriol is a must see in your next visit to D.C.
Barroco – sites throughout Ohio
Having three locations in Ohio including Cleveland, Lakewood, and Westlake, Barroco challenges the typical sit-down restaurant culture with live music and concerts. They award themselves on being one of the last remaining establishments who still make Arepas “like back in the pre-Colombian days.” Their award-winning menu includes Ropa Vieja Arepa, Reina Pepiada, and La Sucia. Sounds mouthwatering to me!
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