Latin flavor: You'll want to try these 15 mighty independent Venezuelan restaurants this summer

by Carrie Bradon | Jul. 3, 2018, 7:12pm |

Venezuelan inspired dishes are abundant in the Chicago area.

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. 

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1637 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 549-5538
The savory and sweet flavors at Bienmesabe are a great way to try out Latin American if you aren't familiar with typical flavors.

Rica Arepa

4253 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60639
(773) 543-3000
Arepas are common Venezuelan fare and you'll soon fall in love with these rice patties filled with cheeses, meats and vegetables.

11 Degrees North

824 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 904-7284
11 Degrees North has a menu stocked full of Venezuelan-inspired recipes.

Irazu Costa Rican Restaurant

1865 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 252-5687
Though this spot is a Costa Rican restaurant, its empanadas will rival the empanadas that you would find in Venezuela.

Las Tablas Colombian Steakhouse

2942 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 871-2414
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
(312) 750-9007
Peruvian- and Venezuelan-inspired dishes are abundant here.

Pizza y Pan Pa' Ya

3125 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 463-2619
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
(312) 850-5005
Carnivale is a fine dining experience that won't disappoint; it's perfect for your next date night.

La Unica Food Mart

1515 W. Devon Ave., Chicago, IL 60660
(773) 274-7788
La Unica Food Mart will offer you a wide selection of Venezuelan arepas and beverages.

Pueblito Viejo

5429 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 784-9135
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
(312) 527-4060
Vermilion has both Indian and Latin American flavors, all presented in a fine dining setting.

ArePA George

1552 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago, IL 60651
(773) 969-7945
ArePA George will have you hooked on these savory patties.


1855 W. Diversey Parkway, Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 857-3999
Quick and tasty, Rapidito will soon become your go-to when you're tight on time.

Antojitos Colombianos

4208 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60641
(773) 685-2100
Arepas are wonderfully prepared at Antojitos.

South of the Border Restaurant

1416 W. Morse Ave., Chicago, IL 60626
(773) 856-0427
South of the Border offers lots of Latin American flavors all under one roof.

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