Though it's well off the South End's restaurant row, ORINOCO couldn't stay off diners' radar for long. The quiet,
unassuming restaurant makes so-called Nuevo Latino food as well as traditional Venezuelan dishes: tender, shredded beef
served with black beans and plantains, puffed arepas - they're like a hybrid of corn tortillas and English muffins - with
pork or cheese or beans inside. The open kitchen makes the whole place smell divine, and the wine list is easily navigated
because it's short and the choices are good. Too bad it's not open seven nights a week - Orinoco is a nice place to unwind.
Orinoco, 477 Shawmut Avenue, Boston, 617-369-7075, orinocokitchen.com