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9 Places to Eat in Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted by DCVB Staff on Sep 13, 2017 10:05:46 AM

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:

Alpaca Peruvian Charcoal Chicken

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. ֶ


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El Chapin

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.


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Gonza Tacos y Tequila

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).

Cocoa Cinnamon – Lakewood

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. 


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La Monarca Michoacana

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.


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Makus Empanadas

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.


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Super Taqueria

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. 

Old Havana Sandwich Shop

 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.


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Pupuseria la Metapaneca

You could be forgiven for driving past this former fast food restaurant, but that would be a mistake. La Metapaneca serves delicious Salvadoran-style takeout pupusas, plus an assortment of tacos and sopas.

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