A Latin Street Food Brawl Is Going Down at the Border Grill

Inspired by the World Cup, street food favorites from Spain to Cuba to El Salvador will battle it out every Tuesday night in August

While violence is not our forte, we are more than willing to get in the mix when street food dominance and national pride is on the line. Offering such a battleground is Downtown L.A.’s Border Grill, which will be hosting its Latin Street Food Fight series every Tuesday in August as a sort of World Cup proxy (with way better snacks and cocktails).

Each week, two Latin countries will be pitted against each other in the foodie octagon. Dishes from both regions will be served ($5 a la carte/$25 for all you can eat), and customers will be able to cast their votes for their favorite cuisine via Twitter and Instagram. The last night of the event will serve as the “Battle of the Nations” where the four top countries will compete for the big win.

All bites are by chefs Michelle Lainez and Carlos Jurado with consultation from owners Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken. First up will be Spain vs. Mexico with dishes like Bocadillo de Jamon (cured ham and manchego cheese on a house-made bolillo) and Grilled Squid Tapa representing the Euro contender and Tamarind Shrimp Agua Chile and sweet tamales putting up the dukes for our neighbors to the south. Spanish and Mexican cocktails will also be available for $7 a pop.

Here’s the rest of the lineup:

August 11 Colombia vs. Brazil
August 18 Peru vs. Argentina
August 25 El Salvador vs. Cuba
September 1 “Battle of the Nations”

Border Grill , 445 S Figueroa St., (213) 486-5171. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. Battle takes place on the patio. $25 admission for all-you-can-eat or $5 per item a la carte.