Street Food: Latin America

TV review by
Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Food show is a window into Latin American cultures.

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Positive Messages

About the dedication, craft, and imagination it takes to make delicious street food.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Features cooks and restaurateurs who are talented, resourceful, dedicated to their craft. More than a food tourism show, it focuses on stories of diverse set of people from all over Latin America.


Sexual content is limited to simple romantic relationships and courtship.


Features specific restaurants in each episode, prioritizing inexpensive local favorites.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Diners drink alcohol while eating. People can sometimes be seen smoking in background or interstitial shots. No drug use is shown.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Street Food: Latin America is a food show that focuses on cuisine local to several South and Central American cities. The show features local favorites and holes-in-the-wall, describing the food and telling the backstory of the chefs and restaurateurs. These stories are often about the resourcefulness and dedication it takes to run even the smallest restaurant. Viewers learn about the sacrifices chefs make for their careers, how their cuisine is unique, and how food has informed the relationships they've made along the way. Street Food: Latin America is almost entirely in Spanish and Portuguese with English subtitles. Diners drink alcohol while eating, and people can sometimes be seen smoking in background or interstitial shots. 

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Parent of a 10-year-old Written byTim Y. September 1, 2020

Beautiful documentary of food, relationships and life

Latin America is the focus and you will hear and see stories of people, culture, challenges, victories and—food. Videos will have various issues come into each... Continue reading

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What's the story?

Each episode of STREET FOOD: LATIN AMERICA takes place in a different city in South or Central America. The show travels to a number of modest restaurants, or food carts, or markets, to find out what communities' favorite local foods are. Locations include Oaxaca, Mexico; Salvador, Brazil; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Lima, Peru; Bogota, Colombia; and La Paz, Bolivia. The show puts special focus on how these dishes came to be, and explores the lives of the people who make them.

Is it any good?

Food and travel shows can often feel like tourism ads, so it's refreshing when one takes a different perspective. While Street Food: Latin America focuses on the featured dishes and dining spots, it's also dedicated to giving plenty of attention to the local culture and personal lives of the chefs. Rather than directing viewers to the popular spots from any guidebook, it's a food and travel show for people who prefer hanging out with the locals.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about street food: What is street food? What do Americans consider street food? Is there a difference between street food and fast food? What is it? 

  • What kind of dishes are featured on Street Food: Latin America? How are they  made? How did they come to be? Who are the people making them? How do the chefs influence the food? Is there anything you'd like to try? 

  • What did you learn about the city or country each episode takes place in? Why are these foods local favorites? How does the local culture influence the chefs? How do food and community interact with one another?

TV details

  • Premiere date: July 24, 2020
  • Cast: Marsia Taha
  • Network: Netflix
  • Genre: Educational
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: September 9, 2020

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