The recently opened La Celia Latin Kitchen brings the feel of Latin America and the Caribbean to Chicago's Avondale neighborhood.
Owners Jorge Manzano and Jorge Pizana draw from their years of experience working in Latin restaurants across the city, including tapas spots Emilio's and Cafe Ba Ba Reeba. In 2013, the duo opened their Tacos Tequilas, also in Avondale, focusing on the food and drinks of their native Mexico.
Their new 50-seat, mural-filled La Celia Latin Kitchen salutes the flavors of Latin America and the Caribbean. The menu features a line-up of small plates like mango tamals with creamy goat cheese, Peruvian ceviches, homemade empanadas with tomato aioli, and shredded beef arepas. Perfect as appetizers -- or to create a shareable tapas-style feast. A variety of entrees range from Cuban Ropa Vieja, and Churrasco with crispy yuca fries to their signature Arroz con Mariscos, a traditional Latin American dish with seafood rice and assorted shellfish.
Currently BYOB, dinner is served nightly beginning at 5pm (closed Mondays). Brunch is served 10am to 2pm Saturdays and Sundays.
2890 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago.