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Friday, November 12, 2010

Thjs Week in Food & Drink

Posted By on 11.12.10 at 12:15 PM

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Pan de yuca at Cassava

During the recent cold spell, our critics turned to some Latin American favorites for warmth. Braised oxtails marinated in bitter-orange mojo criollo are the specialty at the new Laguardia’s Cuban Bistro, a Logan Square offshoot of Bucktown’s family-run Cafe Laguardia. At Lakeview’s new Cassava, all the offerings are gluten free, including the snackable specialty buns pao de queijo (pan de yuca in owner Jose Flores’s native Ecuador), available along with soup, smoothies, Metropolis coffee, and European-style hot chocolate made from molten bars. And the Wicker Park/Bucktown location of 90 Miles Cuban Cafe continues to expand, adding the building next door to its enclosed back patio with a fireplace video on the TV.

In the listings that follow are more recommended Latin American restaurants, among them Oak Park’s Aripo’s Venezuelan Arepa House, offering 19 varieties of the Venezuelan masa cakes; West Town’s Habana Libre, home of some of the best ropa viejo in town; Lincoln Square's Buen Sabor, which now offers 16 kinds of Salvadoran pupusas; and duelling rotisserie spots, the Colombian Brasa Roja and, two blocks away, the Albany Park location of the Ecuadoran chain Mr. Pollo.

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