101 Best Places to Eat: Latin America

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BRAZIL

BIRA DE GUARATIBA  
Rio de Janeiro. 55-21-2410-8304  
Specialty: Moqueca (seafood stew)

“A couple of years ago, I was invited to cook at Olympe in Rio de Janeiro. Claude Troisgros took us for a very long lunch to the most unassuming, yet totally amazing, Bira de Guaratiba. Looking out over an estuary, we had the freshest fish and seafood.”  
Margot Janse, Le Quartier Français, Franschhoek, South Africa

D.O.M.  
São paulo. 55-11-3088-0761  
Specialty: Filhote With Tucupi Sauce

“D.O.M. is one of the finest places to eat in the world. The restaurant focuses on Brazilian cuisine and brings incredible local ingredients to light.”  
Atul Kochhar, Benares, London

MANÍ  
São paulo. 55-11-3085-4148  
Specialty: Root Vegetable Medley

“Maní’s menu de degustação is a sophisticated rendering of time-honored Brazilian cuisine.” —Alex Atala, D.O.M., São Paulo

MOCOTÓ  
São Paulo. 55-11-2951-3056 Specialty: Carne de Sol

“It is a bit out of the way but well worth the journey and the wait for a table. I recommend the moco fava (stewed cow’s foot) with lima beans.” 
Alex Atala, D.O.M., São Paulo

BARBADOS

CUZ’S FISH STAND  
Bridgetown, off Highway 7 near Needham’s Point  
Specialty: Blue Marlin Sandwich

“It’s a fish shack with a line out the door. From a cook’s point of view, everything is wrong with their sandwiches, like the cheese on them, but they’re so delicious.”  
Marcus Samuelsson, Red Rooster Harlem, New York

CAYMAN ISLANDS

VIVINE’S KITCHEN  
Grand Cayman. 345-947-7435  
Specialty: Conch Stew

“We dined in what seemed like a garage connected to Vivine Watler’s house, with our table located a few feet from a pigeon coop. Vivine personally took our order, went into her kitchen, and cooked up some amazing Caribbean cuisine!” —Graham Elliot, Graham Elliot, Chicago

CUBA

PALADAR DOÑA EUTIMIA  
Havana. 53-78-61-13-32  
Specialty: Ropa Vieja

“Honest, well-prepared Cuban food: frozen mojitos and picadillo.”  
Anita Lo, Annisa, New York

MEXICO

TACO TRUCKS  
San Felipe, downtown  
Specialty: Carnitas, Al Carbón Tacos

“Seven years ago, I took a road trip with my best friend from L.A. down the Baja peninsula. We spent two days in San Felipe, and were blown away by the taco carts that appeared around midnight. We’d belly up and order some tacos, and garnish them with all kinds of delicious, colorful homemade sauces. I’ll never forget the sights and smells of that town coming alive at night.”  
John Currence, City Grocery, Oxford, Miss.

PERU

CHEZ WONG  
Lima. 51-1-470-6217  
Specialty: Octopus Ceviche

“What Tokyo’s Sukiyabashi Jiro is to Japanese sushi, this is to ceviches. They serve only ceviche, and it is prepared from start to finish right in front of you at chef Javier Wong’s home.”  
Eric Ripert, Le Bernardin, New York

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