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3100 Kingman St., Metairie 885-6516
Churros refrains from using hip food trends; this is a place for completely unintimidating, delicious Latin food served in a comfortable atmosphere. The Cuban steak dish is seasoned with fresh lime, garlic and fiery spices and is served with black beans, rice and a green salad. No reservations. Lunch Mon.-Fri. Credit cards. $

1924 Airline Drive, Kenner 469-5792
Now that Fiesta Latina has scaled down to five days a week, it means more crowds for those longing for a breakfast burrito and churros. Newcomers are discovering this place for the carne asada, a favorite of the staff, which marinates and grills tender beef and serves it with melted cheese, beans and rice. The housemade tortillas and fried plantains are a nice accompaniment to this spicy dish. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

4221 Williams Blvd., Metairie 464-4525
This friendly family-owned restaurant is constantly changing its menu to feature Latin American recipes based on fresh, seasonal ingredients. Current crowd-pleasers include corn tamales wrapped in banana leaves and stuffed with pork, with traditional Mayan spices and mole sauce. For the ultimate winter comfort food, try the Latin-style chicken soup. La Macarena also prides itself on its weekend specials and organic fresh-squeezed juices. Bring your own alcoholic beverages. Reservations accepted for tables of four or more. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Cash only. $

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