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After more than a decade serving upscale American comfort food, restaurateur Gary Rizzo has hopped onto a new trend: Latin-American restaurants that take traditional fare and gussy it up with high-quality, local, seasonal ingredients. Destino, Rizzo’s new spot on Grand Avenue, has a Mexico City-trained chef in Marisol del Rio and a share-friendly menu that draws inspiration mostly from Central Mexican cuisine — everything well sourced and skillfully prepared. The menu changes every few weeks, and while a few items seem to play it too safe (in terms of spice level and overall ambitiousness), you won’t be disappointed in the fresh simplicity of dishes like the sopecitos de chorizo (little corn cakes topped beautifully with sausage, queso fresco, guacamole, and a wonderfully smoky black chile sauce), the perfectly grilled baby squid, and the meaty (and bargain-priced) chile relleno.

— Luke Tsai

Hours: Sun.-Thu. 4-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 4-11 p.m.

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