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I'm back in town from Chicago where I lived for four years and was treated to some excellent South/Central American cuisine. Am new hound here, looking for some recommendations. Trying to surprise a friend just back from Paraguay with an authentic place.

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  1. There's Pasion, which has a wide range of ceviche choices, but it's pretty pricey and upscale, similar to Nacional 27 in Chicago.

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    1. re: bluehensfan

      thanks for the comparison. will be checking out Pasion in a couple of weeks!

    2. Sazon. Nothing fancy but decent Venezuelan.
      http://www.sazonrestaurant.com/

      1. If you don't mind a somewhat dicey looking but perfectly safe neighborhood in north philly, there's Tierra Columbiana which is half Cuban, half Columbian. The food is great and reasonably priced, they often have live music, and always have salsa dancing on the weekends.

        The same owners run a place called Mixto in Center City. They are sort of pan-latin. I've never been, but heard the food is good, but maybe not quite as authentic.

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        1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

          Mixto is very good, it has a few menu items that will really blow you away (the pork something or other is amazing) though not everything is a home run.

          The chicken adobe from Tierra Columbiana is also very good, among the best I've had.

        2. The ceviche samplers at Pasion are good as is the roast suckling pig, the rib eye, and the skirt steak. The seafood entrees there can be hit-or-miss. They do have a relatively new pastry chef who does great work... Try to sit at the Ceviche Bar at the back that overlooks the kitchen if you go.