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Best Latin American dining secrets

Some of the best places to dine on Latin American food in Brisbane are well kept secrets, from the Venezuelan restaurant in an alley to the Peruvian feasts in a chef's suburban backyard.

Here's where to go to find empanadas, arepas, tequenos, and parillas - with plenty of salsa rhythms thrown in:

Macondo Café

Macondo Café Salisbury

This Salisbury Cafe serves real Colombian cuisine, making it an ideal spot to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner. Look out for their  "desayuno especial" - the all day big breakfast, tortillas and traditional arepas...more

Bochinche's Lounge 

The colours of Venezuela unite at Bochinche's Lounge in Fortitude Valley, where they host an excellent Sunday parilla (barbecue). There is also regular live music and plenty of Venezuelan Cervezas on the menu...more

La Cocina

Chef, Don Panchino opens his backyard once a month to serve the flavours of Peru to the general public. The menu at La Cocina is seasonal, and might include a slow cooked Peruvian lamb stew, or spit roasted chicken...more

Tayrona Café

Tayrona Café West End

Colombian-inspired Tayrona Cafe in West End, is a fun place to enjoy a traditional chorizo breakfast, a hearty "carne desmechada" (shredded steak) for lunch followed by a selection of Latin sweets such as milhojas, or torta 3 leches...more

Fogata Latin Fusion

Head to New Farm's Fogata Latin Fusion to sample the unique tastes of Argentina, Brazil and Colombia and Peru meets Australian fresh produce - think ceviche with Queensland pineapples or seafood platter with Moreton Bay Bugs...more