Trying to find a restaurant that every member of the family will enjoy is much like trying to herd cats. There is always the distinct possibility that just when you think you have everything taken care of, someone slips out of line and you have to start all over again. Your son may have decided he is a vegetarian, just today, while your daughter is insistent that she only eats where the food is locally sourced, and your wife does not care where you all go out to eat, just as long as she can have a couple glasses of "Mommy juice" with her meal. The solution for all of this is to discover your locally owned Latin fusion restaurant.
You might be thinking there is not such a place near you, but odds are it is there and you just don't know about it. Latin fusion restaurants are the fastest growing segment in the privately owned casual fine dining concept. Part of that success comes from the fact that without even trying, they feature several of the most popular emerging trends.
The menu typically features a wide assortment of proteins to choose from, including steak, chicken and - yes - seafood, and not just a fried sandwich, but several fish items as well as seafood combination platters featuring many different shellfish. Additionally, many of the flavors and seasons used by the kitchen rely on fresh fruits and vegetables, presenting even more options for the vegetarian in the family.
Since many of these chefs learned how to cook at their parents and grandparents' knee, they are used to only working with fresh ingredients. That is something they still do today, being sure to tailor their menu around the supplies they know are fresh and locally sourced. The flip side to this is that as Latin Fusion restaurants have become more popular, more local producers have begun to open for business, ensuring the restaurant has a continual supply of items they need. Finally, as a casual fine dining restaurant, they feature a full bar and cocktail program as well. The cocktails they feature typically have fresh ingredients, just like the menu items, and the wine list is chosen to spotlight wines that pair naturally with the food. In some cases, restaurants will expand their local sourcing to the bar and include beer, wine and spirits that are made by local artisans as well.
Finding the perfect family friendly casual fine dining restaurant does not have to be as hard as you might think. And once you discover the Latin fusion restaurant in your area, and how it has something to make everyone happy, you just might discover that it is the only restaurant you need.
Jack Terry is a freelance writer who has been covering the food and beverage industry for more than 20 years. http://www.osorioslatinfusion.com