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LATIN AMERICAN

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Antigua Mexican and Latin Restaurant
5823 W. Burnham St.

Latin American, Mexican and Spanish staples make up Antigua's large menu. Tapas, including empanadas, ceviche, pulled-pork sliders and Cuban style plantains, can be combined to make a meal or enjoyed as appetizers. Entrées include salmon topped with blackberry sauce, Peruvian lomo saltado and Camarones Antigua, giant shrimp wrapped in bacon and stuffed with melted cheese. Paella is made to order in servings for two. The attentive wait staff is happy to share recommendations and pairing tips and quick to return with another round of margaritas or sangria. (E.R.) CC: All major. $$$ FB RS SB 321-5775


El Salvador Restaurant

2316 S. Sixth St.

A classic Salvadoran item is pupusas, corn cakes with a choice of filling that are grilled. Delicious! Salpicon is seasoned mince beef that is served at room temperature and with excellent homemade tortillas. Chicharron con yucca is chunks of pork meat that have been fried to a crisp served over yucca, a root tuber much like a potato. (J.B.) $-$$ CC.  645-1768

Kafe Kultura
600 S. Sixth St.

The menu spans Latin America, including the Caribbean islands The setting is spare contemporary with dark wood contrasted with white linens. The menu has many delights rarely found locally. The tamales are Colombian and wrapped in banana leaf, and empanadas are made with corn flour. All items are prepared with skill from the Puerto Rican mofongo, the Cuban ropa vieja and the chimichurri sauce of Argentina. This is a unique and very affordable gem. (J.B.) CC, FB, $$. 270-5858
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