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When you investigate the Latin restaurant scene in Chicago, you quickly discern two things: First, Rick Bayless’ influence is broad and deep; and second, authenticity is defined differently depending on whether you’re on the north or south side more »

May 20, 2016 10:07 AM

From fine dining institutions to casual neighborhood bistros, wine pairing has become as familiar to the average American’s dining experience as salt and pepper. Selecting the right wine that accentuates the flavor profile of the dish it is paired wi more »

May 20, 2016 9:53 AM

We are proud to announce the 2016 el Restaurante Manager of the Year Awards, sponsored by Jarritos. Be sure to nominate your top managers today! more »

Jan 31, 2016 7:38 PM

¿Tienes un Jefe, Gerente o Administrador que merece un reconocimiento especial? ¿Ella se queda hasta más tarde y llega temprano? more »

Feb 12, 2016 3:30 PM

The average independent Mexican restaurant in the US serves lunch and dinner, offers take-out, has sales between $500,000 and $1 million.... more »

Nov 11, 2015 9:55 AM

Tacos—an almost ubiquitous item on Mexican restaurant menus—have come a long way since the days they held little more than ground beef and cheese. Chefs are heating up today’s scene with tacos that put a creative spin on commonly found fillings. more »

Aug 17, 2015 12:36 PM

Hablar de Tonalá es hablar de cultura, costumbres, fábulas, magia, leyendas, arte, creatividad y artesanía. Y es hablar del crecimiento de talleres y empresas que exitosamente están exportando hacia el extranjero, y en especial a Estados Unidos. more »

Mar 22, 2016 10:54 AM

Speaking of Tonalá is speaking of culture, customs, fables, magic, legends, art, creativity and craftsmanship. And it is speaking of workshops and growing companies that are successfully exporting handcrafted furniture for restaurants abroad. more »

Mar 22, 2016 10:46 AM

“A dish for the gods” is how New York-based Dominican chef Jay Rodriguez of Ankla Cuisine describes his "Corazón de Melón”—a dish he created just for Valentine’s Day celebrations. more »

Feb 9, 2016 10:34 AM Seafood

Do you have a salsa recipe you are especially proud of? Enter it in the el Restuarante Sassiest Salsa Contest, sponsored by Mama Linda, and you may win $500! more »

Apr 22, 2015 8:33 PM

A recipe for mole made with roasted pistachios and poblano chiles. Perfect for dipping with crisp tortilla chips. more »

Feb 2, 2016 3:08 PM Salsa

Ivy Stark, chef ejecutiva del restaurante mexicano “Dos Caminos”, en Nueva York, aprecia la calidad. Por lo tanto, cuando Stark decidió agregar vinos de México al menú en Dos Caminos, ella sabía lo que estaba haciendo. more »

Jan 29, 2016 3:14 PM

Ivy Stark, executive chef of Dos Caminos Mexican Restaurant in New York, appreciates quality. So when Stark decided to add wines from Mexico to the menu at Dos Caminos, she knew what she was doing. more »

Jan 29, 2016 3:08 PM

The year was 1996. On a quiet section of North Broadway in Chicago, Antonio Estrada opened a cozy, 10-table Mexican restaurant he called El Mariachi. It was, he admits, a risk: the area, several blocks from Wrigley Field in East Lakeview, was then a more »

Nov 11, 2015 10:18 AM

Get your restaurant ready for the holidays with this collection of tamale recipes from past issues of el Restaurante! more »

Nov 11, 2015 10:52 AM

Santa Maria Mexican Restaurant in Berlin serves sophisticated Mexican cuisine and killer margaritas to patrons more accustomed to sausage and potatoes. And they love it! more »

Oct 28, 2015 3:45 PM

If you want to find the heart of the Ortiz family, a famous Mexican restaurant family in southern California, you can find it at the old family home in Downey. It’s the home that belonged to Carlos and Isidra Ortiz, and it’s the home more »

Aug 17, 2015 1:27 PM

Stretched along the Pacific Coast of Peru, the South American city of Lima is a world renowned gastronomic center, with an abundance of fresh, local fish and seafood, as well as exotic fruit from tropical lowlands and ancient grains from the Andes. more »

May 20, 2015 7:53 PM

Mexican and Latin restaurants are putting new twists old favorites and creating new specialty cocktails with big flavors. more »

May 20, 2015 1:07 PM

Winning salsa recipes, lively mariachi music, and delicious Mexican wines were among the highlights of the Western Foodservice Expo in Los Angeles, August 22-24. more »

Aug 26, 2015 7:58 PM

Tortilla sales have quadrupled between 1997 and 2013, and more than $12 billion worth were sold last year. Is your restaurant getting its share? more »

Mar 2, 2015 12:05 PM

Although not everyone north of the border considers soup a required course for the main meal of the day, in Mexico it is almost universally expected. Comida time means soup time. more »

Nov 21, 2014 11:17 AM

Mexico City, a culinary destination with over 2,000 restaurants, plus myriad market stalls and street food stands, is considered one of the world’s great food cities. more »

Mar 2, 2015 12:54 PM

Late summer brings a bounty of pomegranates to Mexican markets, as eager chefs and home cooks get ready to prepare the national dish, chiles en nogada. more »

Aug 9, 2014 4:18 PM

Tucked into a strip mall in Fresno, Calif., Casa de Tamales’ modest storefront appearance belies the award-winning, flavorful, good-for-you fare found inside. more »

Nov 21, 2014 11:49 AM

Salads are becoming an increasingly popular way for Latin restaurants to please customers who want something healthier and lighter...but still delicious! more »

Aug 9, 2014 5:03 PM

Chef Eduardo Ruiz and the staff at Corazón y Miel in Bell, Calif., love the traditional Mexican popsicle, the paleta. They love liquor, too. When they decided to combine the two, a new dessert was born: Paletas En Su Jugo. more »

May 9, 2014 10:48 AM

Breakfast is the most important part of the day, nutritionists say, and it's becoming more important for Mexican restaurants, too. more »

May 9, 2014 12:48 PM

Beer is a big seller at most Mexican restaurants, but patrons are starting to look for something more than the usual varieties. Now several craft brewers are delivering. more »

Aug 9, 2014 4:14 PM

A foodborne illness can hurt your customers and kill your restaurant. One major cause of foodborne illness is cross-contamination, and here are five tips to prevent that in your restaurant. more »

Aug 8, 2014 4:19 PM

Are Tuesday nights turgid in your restaurant? Are Wednesdays wicked slow? Try one of the following five tips to get those slow nights hopping. more »

May 13, 2014 6:35 PM

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