Bold, Modern Latin-Forward Dining

Traditional Meets Modern at the New Latin Table

Traditional Meets Modern at the New Latin Table

Nueva Mesa Latina fuses traditional Latin flavors with a modern twist, staying true to its roots while embracing culinary innovation for a Latin-forward dining experience at Chayote Barrio Kitchen.

A Look at Chef

Mario Pagán

Mario Pagán’s passion for cooking began while watching the women in his family preparing traditional meals during his childhood in Puerto Rico. Today he owns and operates 4 of Puerto Rico’s finest and most recognized restaurants. Mario was a featured chef on Food Network’s “Next Iron Chef” Season Three.

He has also hosted two cooking television series on FOX Latino: “Sabores de Ensueño” and “Boricuas.” Mario has co-written the books “Cocinas del Mundo del Caribe” and “La Gran Cocina Caribeña.” He also collaborated on “Waste Not,” a book by the James Beard Foundation on food waste, which was published in September 2018.

Mario is a member of the James Beard Foundation’s State Department Culinary Diplomacy Chefs Partnership. Chayote Barrio Kitchen is Mario’s homage to his roots but also his voice to where Latin cuisine will go next in the United States.

Executive Chef Mario Pagán

Join us for Aperitivo Hour @chayotewinterpark 🥂

Every Monday through Thursday, from 4PM to 6PM with premium promotions exclusively available at our Bar and Patio seating. No reservation required.
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EL BRUNCH IS HERE!
Starting February 4th
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As we bid farewell to an incredible year, we want to take a moment to express our deepest gratitude to each and every one of you who made our journey extraordinary. 🎉 Your support has been the secret ingredient that has made Chayote Barrio Kitchen thrive!

🥂🍾 Thank you for savoring the flavors of tradition and celebration with us. La Nueva Mesa Latina is, thanks to you, here to stay. Your smiles, laughter, and joy have filled our restaurant with warmth and happiness. As we welcome the New Year, we are filled with excitement for the memories we`ll create together in 2024.

🎊 May your New Year`s Eve be filled with delicious bites, vibrant rhythms, and the company of those you hold dear. Let`s raise a glass to the adventures that await us together in the coming year! 🌟

🙌 ¡Gracias, gracias, gracias! 🙌 Your loyalty and enthusiasm have fueled our passion for sharing the rich tapestry of Latin cuisine with our community. Here`s to a year of culinary delights and unforgettable moments.

¡Vamos a celebrar juntos! 🎊🎉

Kindly note that we will be closed on New Year`s Day for a well-deserved rest and recharge with our loved ones. On January 2nd, we will begin bringing even more flavor to you.

FELIZ AŃO NUEVO!!
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The holiday season is here and we are ready for you at Chayote. Whether celebrating with friends, family or both - Su mesa está lista. Your table is ready.
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You can now share your love for Chayote Barrio Kitchen this season. We have GIFT CARDS available! Come in to the restaurant, CLICK THE LINK IN OUR IG BIO or drop in to our website for purchase. Happy Holidays from your friends at Chayote Barrio Kitchen.
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Reservations are now open for our delicious Pop Up Brunch on Sunday, Dec. 24th. Start your Christmas Eve early with a delicious brunch then enjoy the shops at Winter Park Village to finish up your Xmas shopping. Book now as it will surely sell out. Need a menu? Find it on our website. Reserve today!
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LUBINA is how we say Chilean Sea Bass at Chayote. Black Chilean sea bass is coated in a thin Japanese breadcrumb coat then seared and baked to perfection. The rich sauce is a reduction made from veal stock and foie gras. Plated on a bed of yuca or cassava made into a soft mousse-like puree with black truffle butter.
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Also known as Patagonian Toothfish, this soft, buttery fish is caught in cold, deep water near the Antarctic Ocean. It was Chilean sailors who first began fishing it for consumption and therein its moniker. For years, Chilean sea bass was thought to be "unsustainable" due to overfishing in the region.
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Today, the US allows import only of carefully regulated Chilean sea bass obtained in monitored waters - making this delectable fish not only accessible to the public but also making a strong case for environmentally driven and sustainable fishing practices.
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Chayote Barrio Kitchen has opened its doors to the public. Our soft opening was beyond well-received and we sold out in just a couple of hours.
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We have been beyond blessed by the warm response to the vision of @chefmariopagan. We wish to give thanks to all the people that inspired us, in turn, to make this dream a reality.
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We have opened more dates for reservations starting the week of Oct. 31st. Join us in celebrating the opening of Chayote Barrio Kitchen and see what La Nueva Mesa Latina is all about. RESERVATION LINK IN BIO.
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Our Preview event was a runaway success. We are beyond grateful to all the people that have inquired for reservations at Chayote Barrio Kitchen.
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We wish to be specially appreciative and give a huge Thank You to the people that have lent their support - particularly those who have followed us on social media in the past weeks.
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As a Special Thank You, We are posting our RESERVATIONS LINK IN OUR BIO ONLY for the time being. RESERVATIONS ARE AVAILABLE NOW. We invite you to be the first to experience Chayote Barrio Kitchen. Welcome to La Nueva Mesa Latina.
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The use of coconuts in dishes dates back to pre-Columbian times, when indigenous people in the Caribbean and Central America incorporated them into their meals. Today, coconuts continue to add a tropical twist to Latin dishes.
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Coconuts have been a vital ingredient in Latin cuisine for centuries. The word "coconut" itself comes from the Portuguese and Spanish word "coco," meaning "head" or "skull," because of the three indentations on the coconut shell that resemble facial features.
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From savory to sweet, coconuts play a key role in dishes like arroz con coco (coconut rice) and sancocho (a hearty coconut-based stew). In many Latin American countries, coconuts are used to make refreshing coconut water and cocktails like piña coladas.
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The word "plantain" originates from Spanish and Portuguese "plátano," which traces back to the Latin word "platanus." Unripe plantains, also known as "green bananas," are a dietary staple in many countries. In their green stage, they`re perfect for savory offerings like "tostones" or chips.
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When plantains turn dark, they become naturally sweeter and perfect for desserts. From banana bread to plantain pie, these ripe beauties can add a tropical twist to a sweet treat.
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From green to ripe, plantains offer a world of flavors and culinary possibilities. When they turn yellow, they can be used in recipes like mofongo - a dish that combines mashed plantains with garlic, pork, and seasonings. Because of their versatility, plantains are often featured in food festivals and gatherings, symbolizing unity and celebration.
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From aiding digestion to soothing sore throats, the natural properties of tamarind have been valued for centuries. Whether you`re using it in chutneys, candies, or as a marinade, tamarind never fails to add a delightful tangy twist to any dish.
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Tamarind is a secret ingredient in many iconic dishes. From Pad Thai to Worcestershire sauce, its tangy profile adds depth and complexity to a wide range of cuisines.
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The name "tamarind" comes from the Arabic word "tamr hindi," which means "Indian date". From ancient Egypt to the Mayans, it has been cherished for its tart and sweet flavor.
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Mangoes have been enjoyed for over 4,000 years with origins in South Asia. From there, they are believed to have traveled the world thanks to explorers like Marco Polo. The word "mango" comes from the Tamil word "māṅkāy," which means "mango tree".
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Mangoes aren`t just for snacking; they`re a culinary headliner. From mango salsa to mango lassi, the possibilities are endless. Mangoes can be found in cocktails, desserts, smoothies, sauces, infusions, chutneys, curries and salads.
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Mango trees are more than just fruit bearers; they`re eco-friendly as well. They provide shade, prevent soil erosion, and promote biodiversity. Mangoes are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that help support the immune and digestive system.
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From hearty soups to savory dips and even desserts, there`s no limit to the delicious ways one can use beans. Dating back to the Aztecs and ancient Egyptians! This nutritious and affordable source of protein has stood the test of time and continues to be a vital ingredient in various cuisines worldwide.
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Beans aren`t just delicious; they`re also environmentally friendly. As nitrogen-fixing plants, they improve soil quality, reducing the need for synthetic fertilizers. Plus, they`re a sustainable source of protein, making them a win-win for both our plates and the planet.
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The word "bean" has its roots in Old English, "bēan," and Proto-Germanic, "bauno"? From Brazilian feijoada to Indian rajma - beans - whether red, white, black or any other color, are an integral part of cuisines worldwide.
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The word "papaya" is derived from the Taíno language, spoken by indigenous people in the Caribbean. They called it "papáia," which means "tree of life." The scientific name, Carica papaya, is thought to come from the Carib word "pekaya," which means "to eat."
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Believed to be introduced to Europe by Christopher Columbus, papaya has become a global sensation. Its sweet, meaty, tropical taste is cherished worldwide for its unique flavor profile and health benefits which are largely linked to the digestive system.
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Papaya isn`t just a fruit; it`s a world of possibilities - Its succulent, sweet taste is like a tropical paradise in every bite, but it`s also incredibly versatile. From salads to smoothies, salsas to skincare, papaya has endless uses.
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The mild, sweet taste of Aji (pronounced “ahh-hee”) peppers sets them apart from their spicier cousins. The unique profile lends itself well to a myriad of uses in the kitchen from sauces to infusions and complementary alternatives where "sweet" and "spicy" are both called for.
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Aji Dulce peppers are often used in traditional dishes like sofrito; a flavorful base for many Latin American recipes. They add a subtle, fruity sweetness without the heat, making them perfect for those who prefer milder flavors.
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These peppers have been cultivated for centuries, with roots tracing back to the indigenous peoples of the Americas. "Aji" comes from the Quechua word "axi," which means "pepper," while "Dulce" is Spanish for "sweet." This name reflects the pepper`s mild, sweet taste and its fusion of indigenous and colonial influences.
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Guanabana is the name used for this fruit in many regions with Hispanic identity. The word "Guanabana" is believed to have originated from from the Taino language. The Taino people were indigenous inhabitants of the Caribbean and parts of South America. Puerto Rico, for example, has a proud Taino history.
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The guanabana tree was called the "soursop" in English-speaking regions. The name "soursop" reflects its tangy and slightly acidic taste. But whether you call it guanabana or soursop, this fruit has been cherished for centuries for its potential health benefits, which range from immune support to aiding digestion.
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Today, guanabana is a popular fruit in many Spanish-speaking countries and is enjoyed for its delicious flavor and potential health benefits. It`s often used in beverages, desserts, and various culinary dishes, making it an integral part of the local cuisine in many tropical regions.
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There are more than 30 different varieties of radishes around the world. From the classic red globe radish to the elongated white daikon, each type brings its unique flavor and texture to the table.
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Radishes, with their crisp texture and peppery flavor, have been enjoyed for centuries. Their name comes from the Latin word "radix," which means "root". In Spanish, they are commonly known as "rábano" or "nabo". These vibrant veggies have been cultivated for over 2,000 years from ancient Egypt to modern-day salads.
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These little root veggies were not only a staple in ancient diets but also believed to have medicinal properties. They were used in traditional medicine for their detoxifying and digestive benefits and have made their way into cuisines all around the world.
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Avocados can complement dishes ranging from meats to salads to dips very easily as long as they are ripe. The way to tell a ripe avocado is by feel. It will feel lightly soft but it will not feel “mushy” to the touch. Ripe fruit is perfect for that day.
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Avocados are believed to be original to Mexico and Central America. The original Aztec word for avocado is Aguacatl - and was believed to be an aphrodisiac. Florida was the first place where avocados were planted in the US in 1833.
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In Central American countries like Mexico and Puerto Rico, the fruit is commonly known as "Aguacate" - Some South American countries like Argentina, Chile and Peru refer to it as "Palta". It is, however, delicious by any name.
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When fresh, Guajillo chiles are known as Mirasol chiles. Once dried, they are named Guajillo. Unlike other chiles that are grown for their heat, these are grown for their flavor.
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Guajillo chiles are native to Mexico, mostly in the central and northern regions. They have a fruity, sweet heat with tannic pine undertones, hints of tart berries, and a light smokiness.
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