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Five Philadelphia South American Restaurants to Check Out This Summer

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South American Food

South American cooking is not just the cooking of the Indians, or the Africans, or the Spaniards or Portuguese. Rather, it is a magnificent blend of virtually all the cuisines of the world with the food and traditions of the continent’s indigenous peoples.

–Maria Baez Kijak, The South American Table

And South American fare is relatively inexpensive – Like Italian and Chinese cooking, South Americans use fresh ingredients and lots of seafood.

Philadelphia boasts a number of restaurants that serve South American fare. Here are five to check out this summer:

Brazilian – Picanha Brazilian Grill (BYO)
6501 Castor Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19149
215-743-4647
www.picanhagrill.com

Picanha is open every day for lunch and dinner. Check out the all-you-can eat buffet of grilled steak, chicken and pork.

Colombian/Cuban –Tierra Colombiana
4535 N. 5th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140
(215) 324-6086
www.tierrarestaurante.com

Tierra Colombiana serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 days a week and has a nightclub above the restaurant! Try La Bandeja Tipica: Top round steak, corn patty, pork, avocado, two eggs, rice, beans and sweet plantains.

Paraguayan РArbol Caf̩ (BYO)
209 Poplar Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
215-284-5788
www.arbolcafe.com

Arbol is a daytime spot that closes at 6 pm. Try the sandwich de lomito.

Venezuelan РSazon Restaurant & Caf̩ (BYO)
941 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 763-2500
www.sazonrestaurant.com

Sazon is open for dinner for 6 days during the week and for weekend brunch (closed Mondays). One of Sazon’s specialies is arepas –  cornbread with various fillings.

Peruvian/Portuguese – El Baloncito
658 East Godfrey Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19120
215-342-2340
www.elbalconcito.com

El Balconcito is open every day for lunch and dinner. This is where you want to go if you are a seafood lover.

ENJOY!  Please let me know about other South American places you love or stumble upon.