∇ Minneapolis, Minnesota Venezuela’s iconic stuffed arepas are cause for celebration at Herepa, which is jam-packed for weekend brunch, dinner, and every minute in between. The brunch routine is easy: one Bloody Mary and one arepa—a palm-size knife-and-fork sandwich of crisped, golden masa patties filled with juicy, flavorful meats (such as sliced chorizo or slow-roastedContinue reading

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∇ Savannah, Georgia  A restored 1930s Greyhound station is now Savannah’s hub for new twists on Low Country cuisine. The chef of The Grey, Mashama Bailey, who has roots in Savannah, gives Low Country fare a worldly education, intertwining squid with shelling beans, clams with dumplings, and catfish with preserved lemon. Restaurant goers love “The Yard,” the Grey’sContinue reading

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∇ San Juan, Puerto Rico  The wait for a table at José Enrique can approach the two- hour mark. Want to know why? Prepare to be wowed with their house-made hot sauce, mignon empanado (yes, that’s filet mignon empanadillas), fried fish, carne guisada (beef stew with plantain tostadas), longaniza (homemade Spanish sausage), ensalada tropical, cangrejo (crab in fried pastry cups), coffee flan, tembleque (a Puerto Rican coconutContinue reading

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