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Bronx bites: Eat your way through the Boogie Down's Latin food scene

The Bronx is heating up with the spicy flavors of the Latin food scene. The predominantly Hispanic borough is blooming with restaurants that have turned traditional family recipes into must-try neighborhood eats.

Here are the best restaurants that will take your taste buds all over the Caribbean and South America.

Mamajuana Cafe The Bronx

Stop by this eatery to dig into delicious traditional Latin American food that's been modernized by chef Ricardo Cardona.

3233 E. Tremont Ave., 718-824-8400; mamajuanacafebronx.com

Tin Marin

This tapas bar will have you thinking you stepped right into Madrid. Our must-try pick? The rack of lamb in a shiitake red wine reduction sauce with mashed potatoes and sautéed veggies.

3708 Riverdale Ave., 718-884-4800; tinmarintapas.com

Estrellita Poblana II

No need to travel across the border for mouthwatering tacos. This Mexican restaurant chain has five locations all over the Bronx. These cozy eateries serve authentic Mexican cuisine and entertainment with live Mariachi bands at select locations. Try the chipotle chicken burrito.

2819 White Plains Rd., 718-654-7652; estrellitapoblanaii.com

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Travesias

This Latin cultural fusion restaurant will take your palette on a trip around the globe with dishes that blend Latin, Mediterranean, Indian, Asian and European cultures. Our must-try pick? The sea bass with sautéed veggies in the house sauce.

3834 E Tremont Ave., 718-828-3834

La Masa

This family-owned Morris Park neighborhood gem has the biggest variety of Colombian-style empanadas imaginable. Choose from 15 fan favorites including ground or shredded beef, guava and cheese and even Nutella! Be sure to order early because all menu items are prepared daily with fresh ingredients and sell out fast.

1000 Morris Park Ave, 718-822-6272; lamasa.com

Made in Puerto Rico

The sounds of Hector La Voz and El Gran Combo combined with the all-white interior will have you feeling like you've stepped into beautiful San Juan, Puerto Rico. This eatery is formerly known as Siete Ocho Siete, but still has the same signature menu items. Or you can stop by for happy hour any day of the week between 4 p.m and 8 p.m. for $3 beers and $5 mojitos!

3363 E Tremont Ave., 718-684-1309; madeinpuertoricony.com

Willie's Steak House

Known for their delicious seafood and steak, this eatery has been a Soundview staple since 1977. Pop in for some delicious steaks or listen to the live jazz band.

1832 Westchester Ave., 718-822-9697; williessteakhouseny.com

Cabo

This Mexican eatery has just the right combination of classic and modern Mexican dishes. The Loaded Cabo Nachos with mexican chorizo, black beans, queso fresco lettuce, pico de gallo, guacamole and sour cream are a favorite.

3764 E Tremont Ave., 718-863-0091; cabobx.com

Salsa Con Fuego

This innovative Latin restaurant and lounge features the "The Salsa Music Gallery" dedicated to the history of the salsa, which was created in the South Bronx during the 1960's, with legends including Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Willie Colon and more. Stop by on a week night for or on select weekends to party with DJ Alex Sensation. Our favorite cocktail? The 60 oz. 'Sexy Island' -- a sangria meets a long island iced tea. 2297 Cedar Ave, salsaconfuego.com

Joe's Place

This Dominican and Puerto Rican eatery is a favorite of Bronx politicians and artists, including Tito Nieves, Marc Anthony and Johnny Pacheco. Stop by for mofongo with shrimp, asopao de pollo and tres leches cake.

1841 Westchester Ave., 718-918-2947; joesplacebronx.com

Havana Cafe

This Cuban eatery will have you feeling like you stepped into a cabana in Havana. Our must-try pick? The spiced honey glazed Cuban-style Calamari.

3151 East Tremont Ave., 718-518-18003151; bronxhavanacafe.com