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Latin Bites

Latin Bites Café, Houston
Photograph by Kenny Braun

With aplomb, this charmer dishes up Peruvian cuisine infused with bold flavors from Latin, Asian, African, and European traditions. In its more casual space, just footsteps away from the previous location, the kitchen offers something for everyone, from churrasco steaks and seafood paella to arroz chaufa (Chinese-Peruvian fried rice). Order this to go: The impeccable ceviches are winners; try the Fisherman, with seasonal fish, shrimp, and calamari marinated in citrusy, spicy leche de tigre and served with cancha (corn nuts), choclo (giant corn), and sweet potato. Flaky, buttery empanadas come packed with seasoned ground beef, sweet corn, and peppers, with cilantro aioli for dipping. Pescado a lo macho features pan-seared salmon and shrimp in creamy pepper sauce, with mussels, clams, and rings of tender calamari. Saltado Mar y Tierra includes nicely grilled chunks of beef tenderloin and plump shrimp, with sautéed onions, tomatoes, and potatoes and fried yuca sticks. Swoon-worthy churros with dulce de leche filling can be both a decadent dessert and a breakfast treat the next morning. Pro tip: Online orders are a cinch, with helpful menu photos included.

Note: Review reflects COVID-19 protocols in place at the time of visit.

City: Houston

Cuisine:

Drinks: Bar

Price: $$$

Rating: ★★

Address: 5709 Woodway Dr., Houston, TX, 77057

Hours: B & L Tue–Thur & Sat & Sun. D Tue–Sat.

Phone: 713-229-8369

Website: latinbitescafe.com

Last updated: February 21, 2021