Nestled on Germantown Ave., it is just a stone's throw from tony Chestnut Hill. It resides in a large, old stone house with an enclosed patio in the back that is perfect for parties.
The food has a South American flair because the owner/chef is from Ecuador, but don't let that put you off. The food is delicious without being overspiced.
They recently changed their menu to all small plates, but some of the favorites remain. For about $8-10 you get an appetizer portion of deliciousness. Usually two plates is enough with maybe an occasional side to share. They have a daily soup and ceviche.
Highlights include their fish taco, small hangar steak, calamari, and mole spare ribs (when available).
The drinks are unusual and include a Brazilian mojito and blood orange mojito. There are several beers on tap and an array of South American wines.
Dress is very casual, and on a nice night, you can dine al fresco. The service was prompt and friendly.
The only downside is the noise, which can be a bit much because of the proximity of the tables in a small space. Still, for a casual and somewhat unusual dining experience, I give Avenida top marks.
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