Flamingo’s Latin Bar & Grill
The family-owned Flamingo’s, which opened in August 2020, is a new collaboration between Eric Perez and his parents, Geraldo and Maria Perez. All three have extensive restaurant backgrounds, from the parents’ involvement with local restaurants like India Bonita and Lucero’s to Eric’s experience in the Taos restaurant scene, where he worked at the popular Dragonfly Cafe & Bakery and the upscale Lambert’s of Taos.
Located in a repurposed Taco Villa building on Amarillo Boulevard, Flamingo’s stands out from a city rich with authentic Mexican food. In contrast, Eric designed its Latin-inspired menu to feature flavors from throughout Central and South America. “We wanted a competitive edge that offers more of a Latin experience,” he says. “Who we are as Latinos is more complex than usually portrayed in this area.” Eric, who has also catered and worked as a private chef, is half-Guatemalan himself. “We didn’t want to get typecast as just Mexican food.”
We doubt anyone will make those assumptions at Flamingo’s, which has become one of our favorite new places. Few local restaurants can match its inspired flavor-pairings, including dishes that feature fried green bananas (Honduras), green plantain mash (Puerto Rico), Caribbean-style ceviche or a new Peruvian stir-fry dish called Lomo Saltado. (Thirsty? We recommend a savory agua mineral preparada.)
It’s all fresh and creative, prepared by a family passionate about food.
701 E. Amarillo Blvd.
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