One of the greatest joys of traveling is getting to experience a new culture: meeting new people, walking the streets of another city and, of course, trying the delicious food.
While Latin America is known for many things, perhaps what it is most loved for is its cuisine. As diverse in flavors as the continent is in landscapes, you'll love sweet dishes like dulce de leche and churros, as well as the savory ones, such as empanadas. If you love carb-loaded, tasty food, then Venezuelan food is for you. Rich and hearty, their dishes will feed you physically while nurturing your soul.
If you're ready to give Venezuelan foods a shot, we've named 15 mighty, independent restaurants you should give a shot.
1637 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago, IL 60613
The savory and sweet flavors at Bienmesabe are a great way to try out Latin American if you aren't familiar with typical flavors.
4253 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60639
Arepas are common Venezuelan fare and you'll soon fall in love with these rice patties filled with cheeses, meats and vegetables.
824 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
11 Degrees North has a menu stocked full of Venezuelan-inspired recipes.
1865 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
Though this spot is a Costa Rican restaurant, its empanadas will rival the empanadas that you would find in Venezuela.
2942 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
Las Tablas is more than just a Colombian restaurant and you will be delighted by the options from a wide variety of Latin American countries.
122 W. Monroe St., Chicago, IL 60603
Peruvian- and Venezuelan-inspired dishes are abundant here.
3125 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago, IL 60618
Pizza y Pan Pa' Ya offers a wide variety of many Venezuelan specialties and you'll be impressed by their authenticity.
702 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60661
Carnivale is a fine dining experience that won't disappoint; it's perfect for your next date night.
1515 W. Devon Ave., Chicago, IL 60660
La Unica Food Mart will offer you a wide selection of Venezuelan arepas and beverages.
5429 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625
All sorts of Latin American foods are available here, so you can taste a little bit of everything.
10 W. Hubbard St., Chicago, IL 60654
Vermilion has both Indian and Latin American flavors, all presented in a fine dining setting.
1552 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago, IL 60651
ArePA George will have you hooked on these savory patties.
1855 W. Diversey Parkway, Chicago, IL 60614
Quick and tasty, Rapidito will soon become your go-to when you're tight on time.
4208 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60641
Arepas are wonderfully prepared at Antojitos.
1416 W. Morse Ave., Chicago, IL 60626
South of the Border offers lots of Latin American flavors all under one roof.