From Pastelillos to Pupusas: Taste the Latin Flavors of DC, Maryland, and Virginia

Discover the diversity of Latinoamérica

Embark on a gastronomic adventure through Latin America’s diverse and vibrant flavors as the DMV celebrates its first-ever Latin Restaurant Weeks! We invite you to discover Latin restaurants we’ve meticulously selected to showcase the culinary diversity of different regions. From the tastes of the Caribbean to the savory delights of Central and South America, each restaurant offers a unique culinary journey reflecting its region’s rich heritage and traditions. Explore a mix of mom & pop gems and modern eateries, each offering an authentic taste of Latin cuisine from regions like Puerto Rico, Mexico, Peru, El Salvador, and beyond. Whether you’re craving traditional heritage menu items like tamales or pupusas or seeking a broader exploration of Latin flavors, these restaurants promise an unforgettable experience with LRW Specials at a special price that celebrates the vibrant tapestry of Latin cuisine in the DMV.

5833 Allentown Way, Temple Hills, Maryland, 20748

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Nestled in Temple Hills, Maryland, this Patrona-owned pop-up invites patrons to savor the unmatched authentic flavors of Mexican tamales and atole (a traditional Mexican beverage made from masa harina, water or milk, sweeteners, and flavorings like cinnamon or chocolate, known for its comforting and creamy texture). La Patrona prides itself on extending warmth and hospitality to every guest, ensuring their ultimate satisfaction – guests describe it as a “delightful surprise of a tamale heaven.” Their commitment to sourcing the freshest ingredients guarantees that each tamale embodies the rich culinary essence of Mexico!

1858 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, District of Columbia, 20009

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There’s no better place to savor los sabores de Brazil! Alcy De Souza’s early passion for cooking led him to open successful restaurants in Brazil before pursuing his American dream in 1987. Recognizing an opportunity to introduce authentic Brazilian cuisine to Washington, DC, he founded The Grill From Ipanema, staying true to his roots. They offer an unparalleled dining experience that celebrates the vibrant culinary traditions of Brazil since 1992. With a menu brimming with authentic dishes like succulent Churrasco Misto and hearty Feijoada, each bite is a compelling journey for your taste buds. The restaurant’s warm and inviting atmosphere, complete with Brazilian music and décor, adds to the immersive experience, making it the perfect destination to indulge in during Latin Restaurant Weeks. Whether you’re a seasoned aficionado of Brazilian cuisine or eager to explore new flavors, visiting The Grill from Ipanema promises a culinary adventure you won’t soon forget.

Multiple locations

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Peruvian Brothers is a vibrant culinary gem founded by brothers Giuseppe and Mario Lanzone. Their menu is a fusion of traditional Peruvian flavors with a contemporary twist, featuring delectable dishes like savory empanadas, hearty butifarra sandwiches, and classic desserts such as suspiro a la limeña. What sets Peruvian Brothers apart is its dedication to authenticity and sustainability, sourcing local ingredients, and implementing eco-friendly practices throughout its operations. The restaurant’s warm and inviting ambiance, adorned with colorful decor reflecting Peru’s lively spirit, offers a welcoming setting for diners to indulge in a culinary journey to the streets of Lima. Whether it’s a quick lunch break or a leisurely meal with loved ones, Peruvian Brothers promises a memorable dining experience that has solidified its place as a beloved fixture in the DC dining scene.

4217 Randolph Rd, Silver Spring, Maryland, 20906

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Saborea the authentic flavors of Salvadoran cuisine with their hand-made pupusas (thick corn tortilla) and over 15 different fillings to choose from, ranging from traditional options like cheese and beans to more adventurous choices like loroco (a type of edible flower) or chicharrón (pork cracklings), offering variety to satisfy every palate. El Comalito, founded in 2005 by a husband and wife team and now with locations in Gaithersburg, Takoma Park, Silver Spring, and Riverdale Park, Maryland, serves as a staple of the Salvadoran diaspora in Maryland and DC. Their mission is to provide delicious, fresh, homestyle dishes that connect customers to the rich Salvadoran culture, utilizing an artisanal cooking process passed down from generation to generation in El Salvador.

9544 Crain Hwy, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, 20772

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In 2021, Birrieria la Poblana embarked on its culinary journey with a humble red food truck nestled in the Iverson Mall Parking lot in Temple Hills, MD, specializing in their signature birria tacos and quesadillas alongside a delectable array of tacos and tortas. Rapidly gaining popularity, the business expanded, catering to private events, corporate offices, government buildings, and festivals with audiences exceeding 50,000 attendees. Within a year, their success burgeoned, leading to the inauguration of their first restaurant in Upper Marlboro and the addition of a second food truck for private bookings. Fueled by passion and familial support, every member of the team contributes to the operation, ensuring that each meal is prepared with care using handpicked, top-quality ingredients, cementing Birrieria la Poblana’s commitment to delivering nothing short of culinary excellence with every serving.

Multiple locations

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Located in Vienna and Arlington, Virginia, Inca Social is renowned for its commitment to delivering authentic Peruvian cuisine paired with a selection of refreshing craft beers sourced from local breweries. With a menu that celebratesPeru’se rich flavors and culinary heritagu, Inca Social offers an array of traditional dishes crafted with the finest ingredients and expert culinary techniques. From savory ceviches to mouthwatering anticuchos and vibrant causa, each dish embodies the essence of Peruvian gastronomy, inviting patrons on a flavorful journey through the diverse landscapes of Peru!

1300 4 St SE, Washington, District of Columbia, 20003

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La Famosa, in Washington, DC’s Navy Yard neighborhood, brings the soulful flavors of Puerto Rican cuisine to the capital. Find comforting dishes like pastelillos and mofongo influenced by the island’s rich history, and rum-focused cocktails. Chef and owner Joancarlo Parkhurst’s upbringing in Puerto Rico, steeped in food traditions passed down from his grandmother, affectionately known as “Mamita,” imbues each dish with a sense of nostalgia and authenticity. Taste La Isla del Encanto in a modern and lively ambiance!

Prepare to push your culinary boundaries!

We hope this culinary journey sparks your love for Latin flavors in the DMV. From traditional mom & pop gems to modern eateries, each restaurant offers a unique taste of Latin America. As you continue to explore, remember to support these establishments and savor the rich tapestry of Latin cuisine in our community. ¡Buen provecho y que disfruten!

Latin Restaurant Weeks runs from May 3-17 and is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the city’s many delectable Latin flavorsClick here to check out our participants’ limited-time-only specials.

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