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These 5 Restaurants Prove Latinos Have Left Their Mark On Washington D.C.

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One of the most important things to plan for a trip, at least according to me, is where you are going to be eating. Sure, you can default to fast food or chain restaurants but you don’t really get the essence of a city that way. Instead, try seeking out smaller spots that are recommended to you by locals. They’ll point you to places you may have otherwise missed. That’s what I did for a recent trip to Washington D.C. and I was not disappointed. Here are some of the local-recommended restaurants I visited that are worth putting on your to-do list when you visit the nation’s capital.

1. Los Hermanos: Dominican

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Everyone in Washington D.C. will tell you the same thing: if you want good Latino food you have to go to Los Hermanos. It is no lie. The restaurant feels like being in mami’s kitchen and the food is just as great. I recommend the carne guisada with arroz con gandules and platanos maduros. You won’t be disappointed.

Good arroz con gandules can drive someone crazy, and these did.

2. Arepa Zone: Venezuelan

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The Venezuelan staple is alive and well in D.C. thanks to Arepa Zone. The restaurant has three locations. They have a permanent spot in Union Market but you can also find them posted up at the Georgetown University Farmers Market over the summer on Wednesdays, which is where we caught up with them. They also have a food truck to make their delicious food more accessible. I recommend the arepa pabellón. The mix of the shredded beef and platanos maduros is a delicious and worthwhile ride for your tastebuds.

Every bite is going to be a mouthful, guaranteed.

3. Mi Cuba Cafe: Cuban

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Mi Cuba Cafe is located next door to Los Hermanos if you are looking to mix the two Caribbean cuisines. The Cuban eatery boasts some of Cuba’s more recognizable dishes including lechon asado (pictured above). Pairing that up with some congri and tostones is really the only way to do the meal justice. As a Cuban-American from Florida, I will admit that it was better than I was expecting. Definitely on the recommendation list if you’re in D.C.

The tostones tho. ??

4. El Rinconcito: Mexican/Salvadoran

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El Rinconcito is a little slice of Central American heaven. The menu has several options. from Salvadoran tamales to chimichangas. There’s one dish all the employees recommend: the milanesa de pollo. The lightly breaded chicken filet is delicious as it is, no need to sauce or fuss. Just cut into that meat and enjoy. Topped with some platanos and a side of homemade tortillas, how can you say no?

Don’t be shy about digging right in.

5. Tortilla Cafe: Mexican/Salvadoran

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If you are visiting Capitol Hill and get a hankering for some Salvadoran food, make your way to Tortilla Cafe. The restaurant, which was recommended several times, is known for its pupusas. Get them with cheese or cheese and pork. Either way, you can’t go wrong. The food here is exceptional.

These pupusas are absolutely mouthwatering.

What did we miss? What is your favorite Latino food spot in Washington D.C.?


READ: 14 Latino Owned Businesses Who Are Disrupting The Food Industry

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For One Week, These L.A. Restaurants Are Donating Proceeds To Help Those Who Are Suffering In Puerto Rico

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For One Week, These L.A. Restaurants Are Donating Proceeds To Help Those Who Are Suffering In Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rico is still reeling after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island last month. People have publicly begged President Trump to deliver the aid necessary to help relief efforts. He responded with a short visit, where he threw paper towels into a crowd of people. Celebrities have been taking it upon themselves to get necessary aid to Puerto Rico, including Pitbull and Real Housewife Of New York Bethenny Frankel. Now, chefs and mixologists in Los Angeles are coming together for a week-long fundraising effort called LA Loves PR centered around food inspired by the Caribbean island.

Angelenos will have a chance to donate money to Puerto Rico while dining and sipping on some of the best food and drink in the city.

LA Loves PR has teamed up with Unidos Por Puerto Rico and more than 100 chefs and mixologists to raise money for Puerto Rican hurricane relief. According to the LA Loves PR website, more than 80 restaurants and bars will offer special menu items, with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to Unidos Por Puerto Rico, an initiative created by First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló, to provide support and aid to those impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

LA Loves PR happens Oct. 7-14. The week-long event is bringing an edible tour of Puerto Rico straight to Los Angeles.

“Many of us in the restaurant, bar and hotel industry have sought inspiration and solace in Puerto Rico’s jeweled beaches, emerald rainforests and warm people,” reads the LA Loves PR website. “We place our memories on our plates and in our glasses, as tribute to this important sisterland that we will not leave behind.”

Chefs are sharing their mouthwatering creations on social media to get the word out, and the photos look incredible. From delicious canoitas…

 To a pork pernil, yuca escabeche, mint mojo sandwich.

*licks phone screen*

Participating restaurants and bars are really going all out to raise as much money as possible.

You can follow LA Loves PR on Twitter to see all of the great food options you can buy for a good cause.

And, yes. There will be tacos with a Puerto Rican twist for those who just can’t go without tacos.

How can you say no to sofrito chicharrón tacos? You can’t.

Learn more about Unidos Por Puerto Rico here and you can learn more about LA Loves PR here.


READ: While People Pleaded For Trump To Send Relief To Puerto Rico, Pitbull Sent A Private Plane To Help Cancer Patients

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