Eat and Drink Bronx bites: Eat your way through the Boogie Down's Latin food scene By BRITTANY HAMLETT-CONCEPCION Updated September 15, 2015 4:11 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email 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 Photo Credit: mamajuanacafebronx.com 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 Photo Credit: 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 Photo Credit: Mikki Hamlett 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 Travesias Photo Credit: 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 Photo Credit: Mikki Hamlett 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 Photo Credit: madeinpuertoricony.com 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 Photo Credit: Google 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 Photo Credit: 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 Photo Credit: Brittany Hamlett-Concepcion 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 Photo Credit: Linda Rosier 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 Photo Credit: 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 By BRITTANY HAMLETT-CONCEPCION Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic It's national bourbon month! Celebrate with these recipesCan't wait until then? Here are some cocktails to shake up in honor of the national holiday. 10 Bronx dream homes on the market nowHere are the hottest pads in the "northern borough." Bronx bites: Traditional Colombian food comes to The BronxLa Masa restaurant brings a modern twist to Colombian street food to The Bronx. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.