Durham’s sizeable Latino community has made many contributions to the Bull City, including a number of tasty restaurants. So, in addition to attending the annual Latino Fiesta and Soccer Challenge on September 23, enjoy a delicious meal (or treat!) at one of these Latino-owned restaurants in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month:
The family-owned restaurant serves pollo a la brasa at its two Durham locations. Pair your roasted chicken with sides that include tostones, maduros, and steamed yucca. ֶ
Enjoy Guatemalan specialties -- plus live music on Tuesday nights -- at El Chapin, a restaurant and market. Pair your tamales with fresh juice, or opt for a hearty serving of pollo en pepian.
Gonza, a Colombian-Mexican restaurant with several locations throughout the Triangle, offers gorgeous outdoor dining in Warehouse District of downtown. Owned by two Colombian cousins, Gonza Salamanca and Carlos Rodriguez, Gonza is decorated in a colorful Día de Muertos theme -- the perfect backdrop for evening filled with tacos and margarita(s).
For amazing coffee drinks, hot chocolate, and churros, head to Cocoa Cinnamon's third location in the Lakewood neighborhood. The owners, Leon and Areli Berrera de Grodski, were inspired by the churrerias of Mexico, and you can find nods to Areli's Mexican background in the bilingual menus and signage as well as the brightly patterned decor and tilework.
For a sweet treat, head to La Monarca, which specializes in Mexican-style paletas and ice cream. Can't decide on what to get? No shame in getting both.
Owned by a group of Argentine friends, Makus serves fast-casual empanadas in South Durham. Order a couple dozen for your next event as an escape from the usual catered lunch fare.
This North Durham taqueria offers a mouth-watering selection of sopes, tacos, burritos, and gorditas, plus a loaded salsa bar. Pair your food with an agua fresca for a stellar meal.
Owned by a Cuban-American couple, Old Havana brings farm-to-table Cuban sandwiches, tapas, and cocktails to downtown. Don't miss special events including salsa dancing on the first Saturday of each month.