In Utah County, we're blessed with an abundance of authentic cuisines at restaurants serving food from the around the world.
A variety of restaurants representing countries from Argentina to Mexico are helping to keep Latino culture alive in Utah County.
Each Latino restaurant in the area offers its own unique take on traditional Mexican, Central American or South American fare, according to Abraham Hernandez, executive director of Centro Hispano.
“If you think you’ve tried one taco shop, you haven’t tried them all. Everyone will have their own spin on it. Each generation will have their own spin,” Hernandez said. “Each taco shop is going to taste different, because even within our own country of origin, it’s still regional, much like the United States.”
El Mexsal's menu combines classic cuisines from Mexico and El Salvador. Their special? Pupusas, a Salvadorian special. Restaurant owner Salvador Duarte, of Santan Ana, El Salvador, claims some people say El Mexsal's pupusas are better than ones found in El Salvador.
The restaurant has served Provo for 13 years and is planning to expand in the near future to accommodate more diners.
“We have more Salvadorian food like tamales, panes con pollo, plantain,” Duarte said. “And for Mexican, we have tacos, burritos, enchiladas, chile relleno. We have seafood, too — cocktail, fish.”
Location: 325 S. 200 West, Provo
Asado Argentinian Grill and Cafe
Restaurant owner Julio Gonzalez, a Uruguay native, says he welcomes people to Asado as if welcoming people to his home, to capture the feeling of going to a neighbor's house in South America.
Asado opened about three years ago and prides itself in being "authentic to the umpteenth degree," according to Gonzalez.
Location: 360 S. State St., Orem
Lucy's Brazilian Kitchen
Lucy Wyssling, co-owner of the restaurant and a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, said she struggled to find authentic Brazilian cuisine when she move to Utah about five years ago. That's when she decided to start a restaurant of her own to bring authentic Brazilian dishes to Provo.
“All the recipes that I have is traditional Brazilian cuisine and family recipes from my mother and my grandmother, so I try to keep the authenticity for the Brazilian cuisine, and I try to bring the flavors from Brazil to here,” Wyssling said.
Location: 155 N. University Ave., Provo
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Mi Ranchito is a family-owned Mexican restaurant in American Fork and Orem that is known for serving up big portions at affordable prices.
Mi Ranchito serves traditional Mexican food, including a variety of combinations of burritos with beans, including chicken, pork, beef, and even chile verde smothered burritos or chile relleno burritos.
Locations: 390 E. State St., American Fork; 1109 State St., Orem
Owned by Chile native Lomito himself, Lomito's serves up a variety of Chilean, Argentinian and Mexican sandwiches, along with authentic deserts full of dulce de leche and native drinks.
Location: 180 W. Center St., Orem