As the demand for spicy tastes heats up, American restaurants are looking to the vast territory South of the border for menu inspirations. At Chez Henri in Cambridge, Mass., chef/owner PaulO’Connell’s Latin Dinner Series this past summer featured the cuisines of Mexico, Brazil, Jamaica, and coastal Venezuela. New Latin prix fixe menus ($36) were introduced every two weeks during July and August.

At Long Beach, Calif.-based ElTorito Restaurants, execu

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