5411 is the city's most stylish food truck, so the clean lines and mod furniture in its storefront are no surprise. It's tight in here—there are only 13 seats—but if you can score a four-top and bring some wine, you've got the makings for a good BYOB dinner. Start with veggie options, like the thyme-heavy mushroom-and-blue-cheese, and ease into the heavier meat options (beef simmered in malbec). And don't cheap out on the sauces. These empanadas are flaky, but they're nothing without chimichurri (think Latin-American pesto).
The best Latin American restaurants are spread out around the city, so odds are there isn't one too far away. But it's worth traveling to try the excellent empanadas at 5411 Empanadas, the oatmeal shake at Irazú, the rotisserie chicken at La Brasa Roja, the moqueca at La Sirena Clandestina and the pupusas at Pupusería y Restaurante Cuscatleco. Here are the best Chicago restaurants for Latin American cuisine.
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