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Better Half

349 Fourteenth Street, Atlanta, GA, 30318

404-695-4547

For nearly three years, Christina and Zach Meloy (who met in Costa Rica, Christina’s home country) served weekly dinners at their PushStart Kitchen supper club, first out of a basement studio in the Goat Farm Arts Center and then out of their own loft.

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Cafe Dominicano

4650 Jimmy Carter Boulevard, Norcross, GA, 30093

770-723-3784

This wonderfully homey Dominican restaurant transcends its unremarkable ambience. Oxtails, pig’s feet, and other humble cuts of meat bob in mildly seasoned stews. Mornings bring awesome plates of green plantain mash with tripleta.

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Eclipse di Luna

764 Miami Circle, Atlanta, GA, 30324

404-846-0449

Since the nineties this dimly lit tapas joint has thrived as a twenty-something hangout. Tapas rule the menu, and kitchen stays relevant by occasionally weaving in new dishes that speak to current trends.

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Escorpion

800 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA, 30308

678-666-5198

Riccardo Ullio’s latest project, in the former Eno location a few blocks north of the Fox Theatre, is perfectly adequate as a casual Latin American restaurant and truly magnificent as a tequila bar.

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Holy Taco

1314 Glenwood Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30316

404-230-6177

Holy Taco has found a groove serving affordable and ever-nervier interpretations of Latin small plates. For restaurant-goers who feel that every place in town serves the same ingredients prepared in similar ways, this East Atlanta gem is an antidote.

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Inc. Street Food

948 Canton Street, Roswell, GA, 30075

770-998-3114

Sonoran hot dog (wrapped in bacon), chile relleno stuffed with smoked chicken rice, Chilean-style barbecued octopus with epazote and tomato-herb crema: Inc. Street Food’s Latin munchies will instantly put you in a good mood.

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La Fonda Latina

2813 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA, 30305

404-816-8311

Terrific, inexpensive paella, Cuban sandwiches, chicken soup, and quesadillas. Multiple locations.

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Pura Vida

656 North Highland Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30306

404-870-9797

Chef-owner Hector Santiago keeps the tapas concept frisky with an ever-changing menu of whimsical, familiar-yet-exotic small plates. Try the reworked Cuban sandwich and the precisely muddled mojitos.

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