Amid the twee boutiques and dog bakeries of the hyper-gentrified South End, this twinkling little tribute to the Venezuelan roadside restaurant known as a taguarita comes as a total surprise. So does the bold yet delicately nuanced food, served in a mask- and basket-lined dining room. The smaller plates in particular burst with flavors and textures: after a round of antojitos such as cheese-filled, deep-fried plantain chunks and rich, gooey bacon-wrapped dates, share a couple of the stuffed corn pockets called arepas -- the shredded beef and mojo-laced roast pork really stand out).
|Venue name:||Orinoco: A Latin Kitchen|
477 Shawmut Ave
|Cross street:||at Concord St|
|Opening hours:||noon-2.30pm, 6-10pm Tues-Sat; 11am-3pm Sun|
|Transport:||Orange line to Mass Ave|
|Price:||Main courses $10-$14.|