8 Spots in Bham to try Different Latin American Food

Tiki mug and plantain chips at Tropicaleo
Writing this article made me hungry again. Photo via Tropicaleo Facebook

It’s not hard to find a good spot to get tacos in this city. And we already did that for you too! But if you are looking to expand your taste in Latin American cuisine, this is the start of getting a different taste of Birmingham.

Birmingham and its surrounding area hosts different several different Latin American restaurants, including Brazilian, Cuban, Peruvian, Puerto Rican, Salvadoran, and Venezuelan. Here is a round up of all those restaurants and what they offer!

Brazilian

Texas de Brazil

Texas de Brazil started in Texas (if you couldn’t guess) and grew into the chain that brings a taste of Brazil to everyone. This steakhouse is known for their all you can eat churrasco, or grilled meats, and endless salad bar and sides.

Photo of Texas de Brazil store front
A popular spot for date night. Photo via Texas de Brazil Facebook

Address: 2301 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N, Birmingham, AL 35203

Hours: W-Th 5-9 p.m.; Fri 5-9:30 p.m.; Sat 4-9:30 p.m.; Sun 4-8:30 p.m.

While $45.99 does sound like a steep price for dinner, that does include all the meats, salad, and standard sides you want. They are open for pick up and delivery options if you don’t feel comfortable sitting in right now.

To-go plates of food from Texas de Brazil
Texas de Brazil is available for pick up and delivery! Photo via Texas de Brazil Facebook

While it is a chain, that doesn’t take away from Brazil’s flavors! You can get Brazilian cheese bread, feijoada (Brazil’s black bean dish), and picanha, or top sirloin. To elevate your night, you can easily add on a nice cocktail or dessert—if you have room.

Cuban

Kool Korner Sandwiches

Kool Korner Sandwiches may sound like an ordinary sandwich shop. But they offer a menu that is more unique than that! Kool Korner is a family owned sandwich shop that made its way from Cuba to Atlanta before settling here in Vestavia.

Storefront of Kool Korner Sandwiches
There is plenty of seating outside to enjoy the weather! Photo via Cheyenne Trujillo for Bham Now

Address: 1360 Montgomery Hwy, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216

Hours: M-F 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

This family owned shop is quintessential Vestavia. Their Facebook is filled with photos of their family and customers, showing how important this little shop is to Vestavia’s character.

A picture of Kool Korner Sandwiches Saturday special
Get this meal every Saturday after 1! Photo via Kool Korner Sandwiches Facebook

While their Cuban sandwich does sound delicious, their empanadas and Cuban tamales are just as tempting! Visit them Saturday afternoons for white rice, black beans, yuca, maduros (fried sweet plantains), and your choice of meat. Black beans are a common trend in most Latin American dishes.

Miami Fusion Café

Miami Fusion Café’s tagline is “A taste of the Caribbean,” which it proudly serves Birmingham. While this restaurant is listed as Cuban, they serve dishes inspired by various Caribbean flavors, including Puerto Rico. Growing up in the “Little Havana” of South Florida is a big part of the owner Chef Delgado and the menu.

Storefront of Miami Fusion Cafe
Enjoy the day outside at this cute café. Photo via Miami Fusion Café Facebook

Address: 2015 5th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203

Hours: M-F 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Miami Fusion Café also has a food truck! Their brightly colored truck is decorated with Cuba’s flag and other landmarks. You can keep up with their food tuck schedule on social media!

Photo of Miami Fusion Cafe's sandwich with fries
Grab this from location downtown or their food truck! Photo via Miami Fusion Café Facebook

Another spot with an appetizing Cuban sandwich, they also serve other distinctive Cuban sandwiches, like pan con bistec (a steak sandwich with potato sticks pressed on a panini). If you still have room for dessert, they sell tres leches cake, flan, and freshly made guava pastries!

Peruvian

Sabor Latino

Sabor Latino offers an expansive menu that will take weeks to eat through! One half of their menu offers the tex-mex you are used to. But their other half highlights their Peruvian heritage, giving you plenty of new dishes to try. You can try it all at this Latin American restaurant.

Storefront of Sabor Latino!
The only spot in Birmingham for Peruvian. Photo via Sabor Latino Facebook

Address: 112 Green Springs Hwy, Homewood, AL 35209

Hours: M-Th 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-9 p.m.; F 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-9:45 p.m.;

Sat 11 a.m.-9:40 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

Many reviews of Sabor Latino mention how good their ceviche (a raw fish dish marinated in lemon juice) is. Sabor Latino partnered with Fiesta Birmingham this year to teach how to make two of their dishes, including ceviche.

Photo of stir fried steak with french fries and white rice
I still remember the first time I got this dish. Photo via Sabor Latino Facebook

On Wednesdays, Sabor Latino offers a $1 margarita special. That deal pairs well with any of their classic Peruvian dishes! Try their lomo saltado (stir fried steak and fries) to get a taste of Peru.

Puerto Rican

Tropicaleo

Tropicaleo is a favorite spot in Birmingham for Puerto Rican food. They serve up wonderful tropical tastes to cater to other’s diets, including vegan. They also have one of the nicest patios to enjoy the evening in Avondale!

Different murals on Tropicaleo's patio outside
Good food + good atmosphere. Photo via Tropicaleo Facebook

Address: 4426 4th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35222

Hours: W, Th, Sun 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; F, Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Tropicaleo offers good food and plenty of social events. Right now they have drag brunch going on this weekend. Follow them on social media to see what’s next.

Mofongo balls served with a frozen drink
Get the mofongo appetizer for a light brunch! Photo via Tropicaleo Facebook

My go-to is the tropi rice bowl with chicken and a spicy vinaigrette. But it’s never a bad idea to branch out and try their mofongo balls, a fried mashed plantain ball.

Salvadoran

La Libertad

As someone who is obsessed with pupusas, I am thankful that La Libertad is only 30 mins away. Named after a city in El Salvador, this restaurant is just right inside Pelham and offers many Salvadoran favorites.

La Libertad storefront with pictures of menu items
You can see how good the food looks before you walk in the door! Photo via Cheyenne Trujillo for Bham Now

Address: 2834 Pelham Pkwy, Pelham, AL 35124

Hours: M-Th 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; F, Sat 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sun 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

This restaurant has mostly Spanish signs, but don’t let that deter you! They offer translations on their menu and the staff is bilingual if you’re still clumsy with Spanish (like me).

Plate with two pupusas on it and condiments on the side.
Salsa roja and curtido are essential to a pupusa. Photo via Cheyenne Trujillo for Bham Now.

They serve corn tamales and banana leaf tamales, which aren’t a common find at most Latin American restaurants. I highly recommend any of the pupusas! A pupusa is a thick corn griddle cake often stuffed, like the bean and cheese one pictured above.

Venezuelan

Luna Latin

Luna Latin is Birmingham’s brick and mortar Venezuelan restaurant. The classy black and red interior and lunar decorations adds a new spice to Avondale. Luna Latin offers many new dishes that broaden your pallet.

Storefront of Luna Latin
The chic exterior of Luna Latin in Avondale. Photo via Luna Latin Facebook

Address: 4120 2nd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35222

Hours: T-F 5-9:30 p.m.; Sat 12-9:30 p.m.; Sun 12-3 p.m.

Luna Latin’s website offers a quick rundown of their dishes too. If you’re not familiar with Venezuelan food, they explain what the dishes they serve and how this Latin American cuisine is influence by several European countries and West African countries.

An arepa burger served with fries
Luna Latin also serves arepa burgers! Photo via Luna Latin Facebook

Try their traditional dish pabellon, a dish of shredded slow cooked beef served with white rice, black beans, and plantains. They also have a pretty lengthy selection of arepas (a griddled corn cake similar to a pupusa) that are a great choice to explore Venezuelan cuisine.

Pa’que Ronald

Pa’que Ronald offers Venezuelan on wheels! This food truck can be found in the O’Reilly’s Auto parking lot on Highway 31. Since opening in 2019, they made their own cult following that serves people from all walks of life.

A smiling family sits outside of Pa'Que Ronald food truck
Their food leaves this family satisfied. Photo via Pa’Que Ronald Facebook

Address: 1559 Montgomery Hwy, Hoover, AL 35216

Hours: T-Th 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; F, Sat 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

The food here is authentic and filling. One of their burgers could probably feed me for several days. They also offer arepa burgers too!

Photo of cachapa at Pa'Que Ronald
This is at the top of my to-do list. Photo via Pa’Que Ronald Facebook

Pa’que Ronald serves Venezuelan hamburgers with different types of burger patties and other toppings, like ham, egg, and potato sticks. If you don’t want one of their massive burgers, try their cachapas, a large corn pancake often served with cheese.

Which Birmingham restaurant opened up your taste buds? Let us know @bhamnow!

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