Hispanic cuisine is known for its variety of dishes and flavors. From pan dulce to pupusas, there really is something for everyone. However, when you live in the Bay Area with a wide range of local businesses, the question is no longer where to find food, but where to find food first. To help answer that question, I have a list of recommendations from the Berkeley community of local Hispanic restaurants to try before Hispanic Heritage Month ends.
Casa Latina is a small and beautiful restaurant nestled between the shops on San Pablo Avenue. Known for its pupusas, pan dulce and pozole, Casa Latina is a beautiful restaurant that has something delicious for everyone. Not only is the food tasty, but the long hours (7 a.m. to 10 p.m.) make Casa Latina perfect for early risers in the morning or late night snacking.
With mole, carne asada and carnitas, La Mission is known for its delicious Mexican cuisine that will keep you coming back for more. The good thing about La Mission is that it’s on University Avenue and it’s not too long a walk from campus. Even though it was miles away the food is so good you might just want to make the trip.
Known for its delicious Salvadoran cuisine, Platano serves high quality pupusas, sopas and tamales that will delight everyone. However, the menu doesn’t stop at staples. If you fancy breakfast rather than dinner, Platano also has some delicious breakfast options for you. So if you fancy a breakfast or dinner, I recommend this delicious place on University Avenue.
Located on College Avenue, Gordo Taqueria serves comfortable Mexican staples at good prices and better quality. With great burritos and flavorful carne asada plates and guacamole to treasure, Gordo’s never disappoints and is perfect for a night out with friends.
Cafe Buenos Aires
Moving from Mexico to Argentina, Café Buenos Aires brings Argentinian flavors to Berkeley with empanadas, café con leche, and alfajores (an Argentinian pastry). Along with the great food, the prices are also very affordable and give you the most bang for your buck. The next time you want to sample Argentinian cuisine, try Café Buenos Aires.
Hope this list has inspired you to try new places in time for Hispanic Heritage Month. Bienvenidos to Hispanic Heritage Month!
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