Action News Top 6: Check out these Philly area restaurants to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — It’s Hispanic Heritage Month, so what better excuse to learn about the cultures that power some of the area’s best restaurants.

We’re trying out some of the best Latin American restaurants!

autona is an authentic BYOB Venezuelan restaurant in Ardmore run by a father and daughter team, Chef Levi Harnandez and his daughter Maria Jose.

They describe Venezuelan cuisine as Caribbean food with plantains, cornmeal and meat. It perfectly fits the cozy atmosphere of the room.

A staple at any Venezuelan event are the tequenos. Small rolls of crunchy dough filled with paisa, the Venezuelan cheese. I had a traditional arepa or cornmeal sandwich that is usually filled with whatever you want. I got lucky with shredded beef and gouda cheese.

Maria says she’s been perfecting her key lime pie recipe since she learned how to make it when she was 6, so trying it was a breeze. She was right. It was perfectly sweet and tart with a flavor that came from the Venezuelan biscuit used for the crust.

Alma DelMar is located on 9th Street in the heart of the Italian Market. Alma and her family are from Puebla Mexico. Two years ago they decided to open a restaurant with traditional Mexican dishes and Alma’s personal flair.

The space is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and as this was my first meal of the day I opted for the early bird menu. That’s because Alma took classic Eggs Benedict and put chorizo ​​and eggs on top of a ricotta cheese and potato torta.

She uses her mother’s recipe for steak chilaquiles and says it’s her favorite way to prepare it. The baguette tres leches French toast paired well with a strong Honduran coffee, and while I could probably vibrate home, I had more to try!

If you bring your own tequila, you can get the perfect concoction of fresh fruit margarita from Alma’s sister’s fruit stand right outside.

Buena Onda is a casual Baja Taqueria that just opened a new location in Radnor. The name means good vibes and the concept comes from Ecuadorian restaurateur Jose Garces.

He fed me the loaded pork al pastor bowl with fried garbanzo beans and an order of tequila lime glazed grilled shrimp tacos with chipotle mayonnaise and homemade wheat tortilla. I washed it down with a tangy pineapple mango sopressa and nibbled on a warm caramel-filled churro for dessert.

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