El Vez, Alma De Cuba...something else?
I hate to lump together such eclectic cuisines, but if my DPs want to try something with a Central/South American flair, what is the best foodie destination?
I'm on the snob side, and like things such as Lacroix, Volver, Morimoto, etc. but am adventurous enough to enjoy a hole-in-the wall Japanese place where they serve raw fish guts. Most of the other DPs are Steven Starr types, which I don't mind but remain skeptical.
Any recs from this rarefied board?
Cuba Libre is the other place I would consider. The chef there is Guillermo Pernot who used to be chef at Pasion.
Sazon is a BYO Venezuelan place in Northern Liberties that would be a little bit of a different take on things.
Sabor Latino and Inka Wall in Upper Derby are options. The latter is in Hmart.
Another option in the South American camp is Picanha Grill in NE Philly. It's Brazilian rodizio but not a corporate chain like Chima or Fogo de Chao (it's also less expensive). It's in a converted diner, so not big on atmosphere, but you can BYO so if you bring cachaca and limes, they will mix up caipirinhas for you.
I've been to Rosa Blanca only for lunch, but I liked my meal - more than I thought I would, even. It could be a nice fit for your group's preferences.