As Latin-food fanatics, we've searched this city high and low to find the best of Mexican, Central American and South American cuisine, from Brazilian feijoada to Salvadoran pupusas. This isn't an exhaustive list, but rather a roundup of some of the best hidden gems. Arrive with an appetite.

Baru Latino

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Tucked away in the Point Grey neighbourhood, Baru is a chic, upscale lounge offering a laid-back vibe — adjectives that don’t usually belong in the same sentence, but that work oh so well here. There’s no better place to catch up with your crew over a round of minty mojitos than at Baru’s bar, especially when accompanied by a double order of the drool-worthy plantain chips. Pop by on a Thursday evening for live music from 8:30 until after midnight. Just don’t forget to make a reservation.

Where: 2535 Alma St., Point Grey
When: Daily, 5 p.m.-late
More info: 604-222-9171; Facebook

 

Boteco Brasil

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A visit to Boteco Brasil is like dropping in on a Brazilian house party. For starters, Boteco is located in an actual house that’s been transformed into a pint-size restaurant. Once inside, you’ll find a crowd enjoying traditional dishes like feijoada and getting their drink on; we reckon that this caipirinha could be the best in all of Vancouver. With live music and a packed dance floor on weekends, there’s no better place to sip and samba the night away.

Where: 2545 Nanaimo St., East Vancouver
When: Tues. & Weds., 4-10 p.m.; Thurs.-Sun., noon-11 p.m.
More info: 778-379-7995; Facebook

 

Molli Cafe

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Looking for a hidden gem that'll impress your foodie friends? Molli is the answer. Located on Burrard near Davie, this Mexican luncheria is helmed by two chefs who worked at the world-famous El Bulli and one of Spain’s three-star Michelin restaurants, respectively. From the open-face mollete sandwiches to the lamb birria tacos, you can’t go wrong with anything you order. And if you’re in the mood for something lighter, Molli also has the cafe angle covered, with tasty baked conchas (vanilla buns with a sweet glaze) and a superb cup of coffee — organic, no less!

Where: 1225 Burrard St., Davie Village
When: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
More info: 604-336-6554; Facebook
 


Rinconcito Salvadoreño

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If you’re in the mood for a resto you can hit up for good grub without having to change out of your lounge pants, Rinconcito is calling your name. Expect nothing fancy here, just tasty Salvadoran home cooking that hits the spot. Its specialty is the almighty pupusa, a thick corn tortilla filled with pork, cheese, refried beans and cabbage slaw that’s beyond delicious. A tip: These pupusas, which are served beginning at 4 p.m., are in high demand, so call ahead to make sure they haven’t run out.

Where: 2062 Commercial Dr., Little Italy
More info: 604-879-2600; Facebook

 

 

Sal y Limón

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We’ll let you in on a secret: There's more to Mexican food than tacos and burritos. Hard to believe, we know. Get acquainted with one of Mexico’s most delicious, and oft overlooked, dishes at the intersection of Fraser and Kingsway, inside the hole-in-the-wall restaurant that is Sal y Limón. While everything on the menu is excellent, you have come for the huarache: a flatbread made of thick, deep-fried corn masa topped with beans, jalapeños, cabbage, salsa, sour cream, fresh cheese and your choice of protein, from spicy pork to fried fish. Vegans, try the juicy portobello-and-onion variety. Pair your meal with a bottle of Jarritos soda and get ready to dig in.

Where: #5, 701 Kingsway St., East Vancouver
When: Daily, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
More info: 604-677-4247; salylimon.ca

By Serena Matter

Serena Matter is a writer, trendspotter and founder of the lifestyle magazine The Wanderlust Report. When she's not uncovering the newest hotspots as Savoteur's Canadian editor, you can find her posting her escapades on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat (serenamatter).