1. Black Palm Restaurant

    South Pinellas beaches : 1700 Park St., St. Petersburg, 33710

    Kathy and Lui Arango ran Black Palm on the Pass-a-Grille end of St. Pete Beach for eight years, building a reputation as a great place for Latin-inspired tapas and an even better place for wedding receptions and other nuptial-related gatherings. They closed that location in early in 2014 and pro …

  2. Sazon Spanish and Caribe Restaurant

    South Pinellas beaches : 6690 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, 33706

    Hours: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat.

  3. Renzo's

    South Tampa : 3644 W Kennedy Boulevard Tampa, Fl 33609, Tampa, 33609

    Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thur., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun.Read a review here.

  4. Darwin's on 4th Peruvian Cuisine & Brewery

    Sarasota : 1525 Fourth St., Sarasota, 34236

    Darwin Santa Maria first introduced his stylish Peruvian vision to locals at Selva Grill, which he sold some time back. He now has inherited a fabulous Rosemary District restaurant space formerly occupied briefly by Mad Crow Brewery and Rustic Grill before that. He has lightened up the space but …

  5. Red Mesa Cantina

    Editor's pick

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 128 Third St. S, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Red Mesa Cantina is fulfilling the promise that De Santo Latin American Bistro intimated at during its brief life in the reinvented McNulty Station. For downtown office workers and the revelers at Push Ultra Lounge upstairs, the cantina is a boon: The menu is divided into ceviches, a raft of sof …

  6. Samba Room

    South Tampa : 1502 S Howard Ave., Tampa, 33606

  7. Texas de Brazil Brazilian Steakhouse

    Editor's pick

    International Plaza District : 4112 W Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa, 33607

    The number of varieties of meat on sticks that will come straight from the first to your plate — via a sword-like skewer — will be in the double digits. Try as many as you deem responsible, but don't miss a visit to the salad area, with a magazine-like spread of vegetables and import …

  8. Latin Quarter at CityWalk

    Orlando : 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando, 32819

  9. Pollo Campero

    Stadium Area : 4060 N Armenia Ave., Tampa, 33607

    This chicken chain originated in Guatemala and now has about 300 locations around the globe. This is the fourth in Florida, and first in the bay area. The menu has grilled and fried chicken, and beans and rice. Hours: 10:30 a.m.- 10 p.m. daily.

  10. Selina's Latin Cafe

    Westchase : 11961 Sheldon Road, Tampa, 33626

    Cuban sandwiches, cafe con leche and more at this Westchase cafe serving breakfast and lunch.Hours: Mon.-Thur. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Fri. 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

  11. Selva

    Editor's pick

    Sarasota : 1345 Main St., Sarasota, 34236

    Peruvian nightlife comes to downtown Sarasota thanks to chef Darwin SantaMaria. He turns out stunning ceviches and a beautiful version of old Peruano favorites lomo salteado, cod stews and purple potatoes. Plus venison, osso bucco and sassy cocktails.

  12. Boizao Steakhouse

    Editor's pick

    International Plaza District : 4606 W Boy Scout Boulevard, Tampa, 33607

    Boizao (pronounced "boy-zoun") opened a couple years ago along Boy Scout Boulevard to capture some of the Tampa International Airport/Westshore business crowd. It's a vast, slick space (they may serve 1,000 diners a day) with a festive, all-you-can-eat party vibe. The waft of rotisseri …

  13. Lulu's Portuguese & Brazilian Steakhouse

    Safety Harbor : 122 Third Ave. N, Safety Harbor, 34695

    Tucked into a bungalow a block off Safety Harbor's Main Street is an upstart churrascaria serving meat off skewers. The vibe is relaxed and the six meat options don't go on the fire until your table is ready for them. It's fun and different. Lunch and dinner, closed Mondays.Read a review here.

  14. Chifa Gino's

    Seminole Heights : 7803 N Armenia Ave., Suite D, Tampa, 33604

    Peruvian, Latin American and Chinese dishes.Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thur., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sun.

  15. Mojito Restaurant & Lounge at Crowne Plaza Westshore

    Westshore : 5303 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, 33609

    Latin-inspired restaurant and bar.

  16. Floribbean Restaurant and Lounge

    Sarasota : 1400 Main St., Sarasota, 34236

    Lunch and dinner specials, brunch on Sunday.

  17. Canta Rana Peruvian Fusion Cuisine

    Sarasota : 1813 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, 34236

    Lunch and dinner, with brunch on Sundays.

  18. Kon Tiki

    South Tampa : 601 South Dale Mabry, Tampa, 33609

    After 5 p.m., the cafe at the Tahitian Inn Resort turns into a slick spot for dinner. Dinner only, Monday-Saturday.

  19. The Green Lemon

    South Tampa : 915 S Howard Ave., Tampa, 33606

    If your idea of a good night involves a shot or two - or 10 - of tequila, then the Green Lemon is the place for you. The restaurant/bar offers 45 kinds, including one that's $38 a swig. For those who prefer quantity over quality, check out the Friday and Saturday night happy hours, when tequila  …

  20. Latin American Grill Argentine

    Oldsmar : 3780 Tampa Road # D2, Oldsmar, 34677

    Steaks, sweetbreads and barbecue from the range and the big cities of Brazil and Argentina are carefully fire-cooked and served in big quantities.

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