Buoyed by the ethnic flavor craze, Latin flavors and dishes are continuing to pop up on restaurant menus. In fact, Latin-American cuisine now accounts for 8 percent of all cuisine types in North American restaurant menus, according to Food Genius.
While Latin flavors are certainly ubiquitous in locations specializing in Mexican, Tex-Mex and other Latin-American cuisines, they’re not off-limits to operators who specialize in other cuisines. Because they stem from bright, bold tastes and a variety of fresh ingredients, such as cilantro, lime, chipotle and poblano peppers, Latin flavors marry well with dishes from across the globe—and even those found here at home.
Here’s a sampling of Latin flavors from menus today.
San Diego, Calif.
Camarones Crujientes Candelas: Jubmo shrimp encrusted with coconut, sesame and tortilla strips, mango ginger buerre blanc, drops of chipotle sauce; $16
Seared Sea Scallops: watermelon-radish salad, mango-habanero salsa
Panang Curry Burrito: homemade spicy Thai panang curry, bell peppers, Thai citrus leaves; $8
La Chinita Poblana
Chicken Tacos: tamarind-cumin marinade, sweet peanut-chile de arbol salsa, onion; herb mix, cilantro, mint, Thai basil; $3/each
Kansas City, Miss.
Chicharrones: house-fried pork rinds, salt, chile, lime; $5
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