Jaime Fidel Castillo mans the front of the house at this Portage Park storefront, while his wife, Maria, and her mother, Rosa Sanchez, cook the coastal Latin fare. A complimentary plate of homemade fried plantain chips starts off the meal, served with a tomato-based hot sauce with carrots, onions, and cilantro. The many appetizers include five ceviches, a rich Ecuadoran tamale, fried sweet plantain croquettes, and muchin de yuca, deep-fried yuca with egg and cheese. Ensalada de rabano, with sliced radishes, jicama, and thin yellow and red pepper strips tossed in a lime vinaigrette, tastes as good as it looks. Entrees, mostly meat- or fish-based, include churrasco, a pork chop, and three rice dishes that come with a choice of shrimp, steak, or seafood. There's also llapingachos -- a fried whipped-potato cake topped with thick peanut sauce and accompanied by a refreshing avocado-and-tomato salad, a fried egg, white rice, and beef sausage. There's live music Thursday through Saturday and karaoke on Sunday.
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