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Gambit’s 2017 winter restaurant guide: Latin American


3700 Magazine St., (504) 895-2225;
Baru's menu is inspired by Colombia and the Caribbean. Guacabello features grilled portobello mushroom and avocado served with tortilla chips. Chuzos are marinated skirt steak skewers served with chimichurri. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Brazilian Market & Cafe
2424 Williams Blvd., Kenner, (504) 468-3533;
Beef churrasquinho is a 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. $

Cuzco Peruvian Cuisine
4714 Freret St., (504) 345-2884;
Ceviche features seafood in leche de tigre marinade with toasted corn, yuca and sweet potatoes. Lomo saltado is beef stir-fried with onions, tomatoes, cilantro and soy sauce and served with french fries. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Fogo de Chao
JW Marriott Hotel, 614 Canal St., (504) 412-8900;
The Brazilian churrasco-style buffet dinner is built around grilled meats including beef, pork, lamb and chicken, and there is a spread of salads and side dishes. Forbidden black rice salad is seasoned with sea salt and garlic and mixed with mango and mint. Reservations accepted. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 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 served with beans and fried plantains. 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 chori is a flatbread sandwich filled with grilled chorizo, avocado puree, aji valluno peppers and mozzarella cheese. Bandeja paisa is traditional Colombian dish with grilled skirt steak, chorizo, chicharron, cranberry beans, a fried egg, avocado, green plantains, rice and a small arepa. Reservations accepted. Lunch Tue.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

2027 Magazine St., (504) 309-3401;
Vegetable paella includes artichokes, asparagus, mushrooms, olives, capers, onions and sweet peppers in saffron rice. Carnitas pibil is achiote pepper-braised pork shoulder served with grilled shrimp, beans, queso fresco, red onion and orange curtido, shredded tortillas and greens. Reservations accepted. Lunch Wed.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Mizado Latin Kitchen
5080 Pontchartrain Blvd., (504) 885-5555;
Tamale ranchero features house-made Duroc chorizo, black beans, mozzarella, salsa roja, fried eggs, a masa cake, cilantro and corn tortilla strips. Shrimp ceviche includes tomato, grapefruit, cucumber, avocado, red onion, cilantro and lime. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sun., late-night Fri.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

16 W. Airline Drive, Suite B, Kenner, (504) 405-0375;
The menu includes traditional Nicaraguan dishes such as vigoron, which is pork belly over boiled yuca and cabbage with red chili sauce. Similar to quesadillas, repochetas are corn tortillas filled with Cotija cheese and steak or pork. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

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