Conoce mi Panama

Family-run Logan Square restaurant Conoce mi Panama specializes in traditional Panamanian cuisine. (April 19, 2012)

Mexican fare may dominate in sheer numbers when it comes to Logan Square’s Latin-American restaurants, but you can also find many family-run eateries serving the native specialties of their home countries in South and Central America as well as the Caribbean. Bonus: Many are BYOB.

ECUADORIAN
Restaurant Ecuador
2923 W. Diversey Ave. 773-342-7870
This small restaurant on the border of Logan Square and Avondale specializes in the seafood-heavy cuisine of coastal Ecuador, from fish-and-plantain tamales to shrimp soup to whole fried fish. BYOB.

PERUVIAN
4 Suyos
2727 W. Fullerton Ave. 773-278-6525
Peruvian fare draws its eclectic influences from a wide global palate—think Mexican, Cuban, Italian, French, Chinese and African—using ingredients that are spicy but not hot. Try the lomo saltado, sirloin strip steaks sauteed with onion, tomatoes and fried potato wedges, served with rice, or the tallarin verde con champinones, fettuccini tossed in a pesto sauce with sauteed mushrooms. BYOB.

ARGENTINEAN
El Nandu
2731 W. Fullerton Ave. 773-278-0900
Warm up your appetite with an empanada or two before moving on to specialty steak entrees such as the entrana, a skirt steak served with yellow rice, or the churrasco, a grilled New York strip steak topped with grilled onions and melted cheese.

PANAMANIAN
Conoce Mi Panama
3054 W. Armitage Ave. 773-252-7440
Diners digging into Panamanian fare for the first time might find it somewhat similar to Costa Rican cuisine. Try the arroz con pollo, a rice and chicken dish seasoned with authentic Panamanian spices, or carimanolas, a cassava fritter stuffed with ground beef. BYOB.

CUBAN
El Cubanito
2555 N. Pulaski Road 773-235-2555
This tiny, mostly to-go spot is a neighborhood favorite for snagging a Cubano, a classic Cuban sandwich made with ham, pork, swiss cheese, mustard and pickles between crusty bread.