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Winter Restaurant Guide 2016: Latin American 

Baru Bistro & Tapas
3700 Magazine St., (504) 895-2225;
The tapas menu includes camarones al ajillo — Louisiana jumbo shrimp with shaved garlic, chilies and Spanish olive oil on grilled baguette. Langosta poche is Caribbean lobster tail with mango beurre blanc, yuca gnocchi, heirloom tomatoes and baby kale. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Brazilian Market & Cafe
2424 Williams Blvd., Kenner, (504) 468-3533;
is a chicken or beef kebab served with rice, beans, onions, salad and fries. 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 and lunch daily, early dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

La Macarena Pupuseria & Latin Cafe
8120 Hampson St., (504) 862-5252;
The vegan breakfast burrito combines avocado, Spanish rice, beans and smothered vegetables in a wrap with a side of beans and fried plantains. Vegetable, seafood or grilled steak tamales are served with a choice of sides. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. Cash only. $$

Mais Arepas
1200 Carondelet St., (504) 523-6247;
Arepa carnicera is a Colombian flatbread sandwich filled with skirt steak, red beans, avocado and plantains. Ajiaco is an Andean potato soup with shredded chicken, corn, guascas and media crema, served with rice, capers and avocado. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

2027 Magazine St., (504) 309-3401;
Brazilian moqueca, or stew, is made with a choice of jumbo shrimp, mahi mahi scallops or eggplant sauteed with onions, tomatoes, garlic, lime juice, coconut milk and piri piri sauce and served with rice or French bread. Arroz mariscado features grilled mahi mahi, tempura lobster and shrimp over saffron rice with scallops, shrimp, calamari, Spanish chorizo and crabmeat. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

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Coffee & Dessert | Contemporary | Creole | Deli | Diner
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Music and Food | Neighborhood | Pan-Asian | Pizza | Sandwiches & Po-boys
Seafood | Soul Food | Steakhouse | Tapas/Spanish | Thai | Vietnamese


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