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Though it might be best known for cheesesteaks, hoagies and soft pretzels, Philadelphia continues to emerge as one of the country’s finest culinary destinations. The addition of exceptional restaurants with Spanish and/or Latin American influences like Amada, Alma de Cuba, Cuba Libre, Chifa and *Bar Ferdinand in recent years has further incited the city’s red-hot dining scene.

From trendy hot spots in Old City and Rittenhouse Square to authentic neighborhood storefronts in El Barrio and South Philadelphia, you’ll experience an explosion of flavors at Philadelphia’s popular and lesser known Latin-inspired eateries.

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  • Distrito

    Tapas and tequila reign at this deliciously over-the-top Mexican hot spot

    Distrito by Iron Chef Jose Garces

    At Distrito, Jose Garces’ two-story Mexican outpost in University City, incredible tapas dishes mingle with a funky (and mostly pink) décor — including the restaurant’s famous Volkswagen Beetle booth — to bring you a thoroughly entertaining night out.

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  • El Vez

    Stephen Starr’s dazzling Mexican outpost

    El Vez in Midtown Village

    Located on a hot corner in the burgeoning Midtown Village, El Vez, named after the Mexican Elvis, serves lunch and dinner. Try the margaritas.

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  • Amada

    Iron Chef Jose Garces’ first Philadelphia restaurant

    Amada by Iron Chef Jose Garces

    At Old City’s Amada, chef Jose Garces has created a grand tapas restaurant, complete with a wall of wooden sangria casks, cured hams and cheeses hanging over the main bar and a menu that ranges from traditional eats to modern take on Spanish fare.

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  • Feria del Barrio

    One of Philly’s largest celebrations of Latino music and culture

    The annual Feria del Barrio is one of Philadelphia’s largest celebrations of Latino music and culture.

    September 11, 2016
    The annual Feria del Barrio is one of Philadelphia’s largest celebrations of Latino music and culture, bringing together thousands of residents to celebrate art, education and community. The free, family-friendly day is filled with performances, crafts, games and other activities.

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  • Garces Trading Company

    Neighborhood bistro from Chef Jose Garces in Washington Square West

    Garces Trading Company

    Situated in a large space in the Washington Square West neighborhood, Garces Trading Company — full-service bar and restaurant — highlights the Chef Jose Garces favorite foods from his travels around the world.

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  • Reading Terminal Market

    America’s oldest farmers’ market

    Delicious Pennyslvania Dutch pies and baked goods? Yes, please.

    Established in 1892 at 12th and Arch Streets, Reading Terminal is the nation’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ market. Today, this indoor foodie paradise is a one-stop shop for everything from local produce and meats to artisanal cheeses and incredibly delicious desserts and baked goods. It’s also home to the “best sandwich in America.”

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  • Lolita

    Delicious, contemporary Mexican cuisine in Midtown Village

    Lolita brings the flavors of Mexico to Midtown Village.

    Lolita brings the flavors of Mexico to Midtown Village. Open since 2004, the restaurant recently underwent a renovation, reopening in 2014 with a new look, a liquor license and an updated, street-food-style menu.

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  • Mixto Restaurant

    Cuban, Latin and Carribean flavors collide

    Latin-American and Caribbean plates are the specialty at Mixto.

    Latin-American and Caribbean plates are the specialty at Mixto, a neighborhood favorite on Antique Row on Pine Street.

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  • Valanni Social

    Stellar food and drink just off the Avenue of the Arts

    Fancy drinks in a stylish setting are just the beginning at Valanni Social.

    Fancy drinks in a stylish setting are just the beginning at Medi-Latin eatery Valanni Social, which boasts one of the best late-night snacks in town — a feast of roasted feta, Greek olives, hummus and pita, spicy pulled-chicken empanadas and grilled adobo beef kebobs.

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  • Tortilleria y San Roman

    Tortilla heaven

    It doesn’t look like much from the outside, San Roman is known far and wide for its calentitas (hot and fresh tortillas), delicious tortilla chips and spicy scratchmade salsa.

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  • Paloma

    Superlative Mexican fare sans tortillas

    Haute Mexican—mushroom flan, huitlacoche mousse-stuffed duck, poblano-touched corn chowder—is the draw at this refined BYOB. Dinner here ends with no-kidding desserts such as mojito layer cake with a scoop of mango habanero sorbet.

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  • Mad Mex

    Hot spot for cool margaritas

    Huge margaritas wash down the tasty Mexican fare at the University City outpost of this tequila bar. The terrace gets especially crowded during happy hour, when margaritas are cheap and hot wings are half-off.

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  • Honest Tom’s Tacos

    Food truck turned laid-back taqueria

    Honest Tom’s

    “Honest” Tom McCusker parlayed a successful food truck into this low-key, living room-chill taqueria, which doles out the tortilla-wrapped goodness from morning (breakfast tacos!) to evening. Breakfast tacos overflowingwith bacon, potatoes, tomatoes and fresh guacamole draw crowds from all over the city. BYO Tecate, leaving the hot sauce to them.

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  • Copabanana

    Can’t miss Tex-Mex cuisine

    Margaritas, burgers, Spanish fries and Tex-Mex dinners served by friendly waiters make this a popular happy hour spot. The plentiful outside seating makes this a happening place in warm weather months.

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  • Las Bugambilias

    Reliable, mouthwatering Mexican food

    Quick with tasty, authentic apps and entrees and even quicker with stiff margaritas, Bugambilias does everything well, but their calling card is the seafood of Veracruz, chef Carlos Molina’s hometown.

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  • El Gallo Pinto

    Home-cooked Nicaraguan and Central American fare

    Primarily a grocery store and bodega, El Gallo Pinto offers a small amount of seating to sit and enjoy home-cooked Nicaraguan and Central American fare — uncommon in this part of town. Don’t miss the house-specialty nacatamales, deeply flavorful masa bombs wrapped in banana leaves.

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  • Pura Vida

    Simple and delicious Latin food

    Its name comes from a Costa Rican slogan that roughly translates into “this is living,” and the homey food at this bare-bones, pan-Latin BYOB is indeed life-affirming.

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  • Las Cazuelas

    Bring your own tequila

    Those hungry for south-of-the-border far can satisfy a craving for mole, sopes, tamales or mixed-to-order margaritas at this authentic Mexican BYOB spot.

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