Ahead of the eighth edition of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, we celebrate El Espíritu de América Latina, a collection of restaurants that embody the spirit of the region, presented in association with S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna
In a year that has been devastating for restaurants everywhere, those very restaurants have often been the ones to lift up their communities, whether by feeding the vulnerable or simply providing the comfort and warmth of a familiar meal. To recognise and give thanks for their role in the region’s recovery, 50 Best has identified establishments that sit at the heart of – and represent – their communities.
Neither a list nor a ranking, El Espíritu de América Latina is a selection of restaurants across the length and breadth of the region, put together with the help of the chefs and friends of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants. Covering more than 9,000km from Monterrey in northern Mexico to Puerto Natales in southern Chile, the collection sits in parallel to the annual list of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, which will be unveiled on 3rd December.
El Espíritu features restaurants that have stepped up to feed the hungry during the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as those that have always supported their communities, and traditional local spots without which their neighbourhoods would not feel the same. Discover the spirit of Latin America and join us in giving these restaurants the acclaim they deserve.
Pulpería Quilapán, Buenos Aires
Located in the oldest house in San Telmo neighbourhood, Pulpería Quilapán is a historic neighbourhood bar-restaurant serving the sort of simple, home-cooked food a grandmother might make, alongside organic wine, craft beer and vermouth. Community-focused since its opening in 2012, Pulpería Quilapán was quick to help the needy and has been serving 100 free meals per week to the vulnerable since the beginning of the lockdown, as well as providing 5,000 meals to frontline doctors and nurses.