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Orinoco: A Latin Kitchen

Restaurants South End
5 out of 5 stars
Photograph: Courtesy Orinoco/Matthew Teuten Orinoco

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
Address: 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.
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