CHICAGO (SCS) — We’re celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, and this week there’s an event in Chicago celebrating Latino cuisine.
The second annual Latin Restaurant Week spotlights Chicago’s Latin chefs, bartenders and restaurateurs.
Karinn Andréa Chavarria, co-founder of Latin Restaurant Week, said the theme was “El Tour de Sabor,” inviting Chicagoans to try cuisine from several Latin American countries.
“We have over 35 participating restaurants, and what they’ve done for you is create a yummy, yummy special to entice you to go visit them. Which, in turn, really helps foot traffic and really raises awareness. So they’re super excited to show what they’ve got,” she said.
Latin Restaurant Week started last year in Houston and has expanded to Chicago, Miami and Atlanta this year.
“Chicago is such a vibrant city, with such a myriad of Latin cultures. So when you think of Latin food, you might automatically think of tacos…which is amazing, because we have a lot of amazing taco spots. But there there’s such diversity in Chicago, and we really wanted to raise awareness about that,” she said. “We wanted to make sure there was a platform for Latinx business owners to thrive, and something for them, and being very inclusive in Chicago. We thought it was a great city to help raise awareness.”
Some of Chavarria’s favorite Latin restaurants in Chicago include Tacotlan, a Mexican restaurant in the Hermosa neighborhood run by a father-daughter duo known for their Birria-style tacos; Puerto Rican restaurant Nellie’s in West Town, popular for its Pastelón, a plantain and egg casserole; and Tsukiji, a Latina-owned sushi restaurant that offers guacamole rolls and other marisco dishes.
“Just a few ways to get out of your comfort zone and try something new,” Chavarria said.
Latin Restaurant Week lasts until Friday. You can see the full menu of specials offered at all 35 participating restaurants on the Latin Restaurant Week website.