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Gambit's 2018 winter restaurant guide: Latin American 

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Baru Bistro & Tapas
3700 Magazine St., (504) 895-2225;
Pescado frito features a whole fried Gulf redfish served with coconut rice, patacones, radishes, and a mango and cabbage slaw. Reservations accepted. Lu0nch Mon. and Fri.-Sat., dinner Mon.-Sat. $$$

Brasa Churrasqueria
2037 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 570-6338;
Picanha is an 8-ounce Home Place Pastures top sirloin cap served with chimichurri. Reservations accepted. Dinner Tue.-Sun. $$$

Brazilian Market & Cafe
2424 Williams Blvd., Kenner, (504) 468-3533;
Traditional feijoada — a black bean stew with pork sausage, ribs and shoulder served with collard greens, orange slices and farofa — is a Saturday special. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and early dinner daily. $

Cuzco Peruvian Cuisine
4714 Freret St., (504) 345-2884;
Tenderloin beef strips are served with red onion, tomatoes and cilantro and come with french fries and rice. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Tue.-Sun., dinner Tue.-Sat. $$

La Macarena Pupuseria & Latin Cafe
8120 Hampson St., (504) 862-5252
Yuca dumplings are stuffed with mushrooms, shrimp and cheese. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Cash only. $$

Mais Arepas
1200 Carondelet St., (504) 523-6247;
The Chori-arepa is a Colombian-style white cornmeal cake filled with grilled chorizo, avocado, aji valluno salsa and mozzarella and is served with fried plantain chips. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun. $$

2112 Belle Chasse Highway, Suite 7, Gretna, (504) 324-9870;
is fried green plantain mixed with garlic, olive oil and pork crackings, served with sauteed shrimp and salsa. No reservations. Lunch daily, dinner Mon.-Sat. $$

Mayas Restaurant
2027 Magazine St., (504) 309-3401;
Roasted Chilean sea bass is served with scallops, balsamic sauteed spinach and mashed potatoes. Reservations accepted. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. $$$

Nola Nica
16 W. Airline Drive, Suite B, Kenner, (504) 405-0375;
Nicaraguan bistec encebollado is pan-seared beef served with onions, black beans, sweet plantains and rice. No reservations. Lunch and early dinner Tue.-Sat. $

Sarita's Grill
4520 Freret St., (504) 324-3562
The Mexi bowl features chopped grilled chicken breast, tomatoes, guacamole, cheddar cheese, sour cream, black beans and yellow rice over a bed of lettuce. No reserations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. $$

Tito's Ceviche and Pisco
5015 Magazine St., (504) 267-7612;
Lomo saltado is a traditional Peruvian dish of stir-fried beef, onions, bell peppers and potatoes served with rice and Peruvian corn. Reservations accepted. Dinner Mon.-Sat. $$$

African | American | Bar & Grill | Barbecue
Brewpub | Burgers | Cafe | Cajun | Caribbean/Cuban/Jamaican
Chinese | Coffee & Dessert | Contemporary | Creole
Deli | Diner | French | German | Greek | Indian/Pakistani
Italian | Japanese/Sushi | Korean | Latin American
Louisiana Contemporary | Mediterranean/Middle Eastern
Mexican | Music & Food | Neighborhood | Pan-Asian
Pizza | Sandwiches & Po-boys | Seafood | Soul Food
Steakhouse | Tapas/Spanish | Thai | Vietnamese


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