If you’re looking for reasons to explore Chicago’s Latino food culture, good news: Latin Restaurant Weeks are back.
From now through Sept. 30, 40 local restaurants are offering specially priced menus and menu items. Latin Restaurant Weeks founder Karinn Chavarria says there’s never been a better time to taste what Chicago has to offer.
“Restaurant owners really focused on creating delectable prix-fixe menus, so you’re looking at three courses, really ingenious concepts,” Chavarria said. “Everybody has really prepared and curated something special this year that really speaks to the cultural differences within their home country. So this is what it’s all about, encouraging Chicago locals to discover a new gem or visit an old favorite and really understand the diversity of Latin cuisine.”
Birrieria Ocotlan, which has two locations on the Southeast Side, is participating in Latin Restaurant Week for its second year. Owner Andres Reyes said while he hopes the event brings in new birria fans, he also wants his longtime customers to feel his appreciation.
“We’ve been serving the community for close to 50 years, since 1973,” said Reyes. “We decided to do it again this year, to lower our prices, to give back to the community – they’ve given so much to us. We’re very happy to share the stage with other amazing restaurants and to showcase what we’re really made of.”