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There’s nothing like sitting down to a delicious, authentic Latino meal with friends and family. Which is why we asked you for recommendations on your favorite places to dine in your city. Each of these restaurants bring the good in full swing to their hood, enriching the streets with their flavorful presence, their diversity, powerful story and a lot of resiliency. These are places where anyone can go and enjoy a mind-blowing meal, while sharing a moment with loved ones or even strangers.
Here are 9 restaurants across America that are bringing the good to their hoods, driving America to a better place one dish at the time, and making us proud to be Latino.
1. Estrellita Poblana – Bronx, NY
Since 1999, Estrellita Poblana has been bringing delicious eats to the Bronx and serving up the community excellent Mexican cuisine and cocktails. Whether you’re looking for the classic house special of Platillo Estrellito, ready to dive into some grilled, spicy pork, or the traditional Mole Poblano, there is something for everyone.
Come for the food, stay for the vibrant atmosphere, authentic eats, and the fabulous mariachi music.
2. Taquerias Atotonilco – Chicago, IL
You can’t really go wrong with tacos, and the ones from this Chicago joint are some of the best ones around. Since 1972, Taquerias Atotonilco has been serving the Chicago area incredible food that will absolutely make your mouth water. Good food brings people together, and this place is a prime example. If you’re ever stopping through Chicago, make sure to check it out.
3. Café Caribe – Chicago, IL
Excuse me, I need a moment to stop from drooling at this perfect picture of jibarito de lechon. Hubba hubba. But seriously, this Chicago-based Puerto Rican restaurant has got it going on. It’s a small establishment, but those are often worth the wait for the authentic and flavorful food they provide locals with. You’re also treated like family when you walk in, which is how it should be.
4. El Malecón – New York, NY
Over 30 years of success is nothing to shy away from, and this Dominican/Caribbean joint holds that title proudly. If you’re craving that delicious rotisserie chicken or sweet plantains and you happen to be in Washington Heights, you’d be remiss to not drop in and feast on these dishes. El Malecón has been serving up the good in its hood for decades, and you don’t want to miss out on this magic.
5. Flor de Mayo – New York, NY
As it says on their website, Flor de Mayo is a pioneer in Chinese-Peruvian cuisine. With two locations in NYC, this menu is incredible. Try the Lomo Saltado or Tallarin Saltado and get lost in the flavor. Flor de Mayo has been for around over 30 years, and is one of the last remaining Chino-Latino restaurants in New York. The reviews are outstanding, the atmosphere cozy – it’s no wonder it’s been around so long, serving the community!
6. Mamajuana Cafe – Bronx, NY
The Mamajuana Cafe is all about history and it shows up not only in the menu, but in the atmosphere as well. Not only is the menu bursting at the seams with mouthwatering dishes like Pollo Relleno De Maduro and Churrasco, but they hold Salsa Tuesdays that are always sure to be a good time.
7. Carniceria Aguascalientes – Houston, TX
If you’re craving some gorditas or fresh tortas you can’t get anywhere else, this is your place in Houston. It’s a staple in this particular hood, and customers have been coming here for years and years. Get yourself down to Broadway Street and load up on the freshest, most delicious tacos in Houston.
8. Gorditas AguasCalientes – Houston, TX
Texas is home to some incredible Mexican food, and Gorditas AguasCalientes is absolutely no exception. It’s no fuss, quality Mexican food. You can load up on the huge portions for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or when you’re craving that late-night taco. On Sundays, this place fills up after church services let out, so if you’re going for the first time you might want to go on off-peak hours to truly get your fill. This spot definitely makes its hood good.
9. CVI.CHE 105 – Miami, FL
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Let’s talk about Peruvian food and let’s talk about how this Miami restaurant is absolutely incredible. It’s an eight-year award-winning Peruvian restaurant, right in the center of bustling Miami. Obviously when you’re here, you need to try their ceviches or their signature dishes like tacu pallares langosta & corvina al estilo norteño. Who said you visited Miami for the beaches? It’s all about the food here.