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Bold and Tasty – Latinicity hits State Street in a Big Way

Friday, November 06, 2015 tgoandco

Now open on the third floor of Block 37, Latinicity is a blend of Latin, Spanish and all things glorious for the epicurean. A big and bold footprint spanning 22,000 square, Latinicity boast 10 kitchens that offer a unique twist on traditional foods. Similar to a food court, this dining experience has a running thread of South American Salsa dancing through the menus. Located between the city’s Daly Buildings and State Street Macy’s, Latinicity is a very short skip over to many of the city’s loop theaters as well. It is an excellent choice for lunch, pre-theater dining or after work cocktails. Lunchtime diners will like the variety of kitchens with zesty delights.

While smartly located, it is also very smartly priced. One will find some cool similarities of Latinicity to the city’s Eataly located on Grand. The exceptionally fun energy is most certainly present  without the high price point. The prices at Latinicity are much more affordable for the regular lunch crowd and price-conscious tourists. One can get a tapas-style dining, light munchies or substantial meals without a hefty downtown price.

There is a small grocery that offers food stuffs to make Latin dishes at home and wines from South America or Spain. Latinicity also has a nice array of gift items from home designer Emilia Castillo.
These will make lovely gifts for the holidays and are breathtakingly modern and practical. This is modern South America without kitchy sombreros and burros.

Take Your Pick

Certain dishes you will really want to try.
As mentioned, there are a variety of counters go to:
Torta & Cocas (sandwiches and flatbreads),
Sushi and Ceviche (an interesting fusion with a Peruvian influence),
Chaufa (Wok preparations with adobo vegetables and meats),
Saladero Grill (Brazilian steaks, smoked meats and poultry)
Ensaladas (a build-your-own salad bar that offers chef prepped items as well)
Mariscos (Latin-style seafoods and raw bar)
Machefe Taquería (tacos, burritos and bowls that are made of your choices)
Sopas (soups and chowders)
Burguesa (traditional burgers, hot dogs and fries but with a variety of Latin seasonings & sauces
Coffee Shop (including Mexican hot chocolate)
Full bar (specialty cocktails, beers, wines and sangria)
Desserts (cookies, pastries, ice cream and sweet indulgences)
Pata Negra Tapas Bar – a glorious food tasting experience in small plates/portions for variety.

What's on Your Tasting Menu?

Having tried samples of the food being offered, here are my picks of things you will want to try.

  • the Smoked Brisket with Oaxaca Mashed Potatoes and chimicuri classico kicks butt and is available at the Saladero Grill
  • Lomo Saltado – a hanger steak with tomato, onions and cilantro offered with quinoa or rice available at Chaufa
  • Tortilla Soup made with pasilla chile broth, shredded chicken, avocado and panela cheese is very hearty. It will be a go-to this winter and is available at the Sopas Counter.

Just like tapas, this is just a sampling of the great food offered at Latinicity so email me to tell me your favorites. It is a place I plan on going back and would relish your suggestions.
They are open until 9PM Monday thru Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 10PM and Sunday until 7PM

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