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Best clearly not Southern or Italian charcuterie: Pura Vida

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Charming plates of charcuterie seem to be ever-present on menus around town these days. Most are either of the proud Southern-ham-kicksass variety (which we love, dearly) or the deferential great-stuff-from-Italy sort (which we also love, but not quite as much). Pura Vida's charcuterie, though, clearly dances to the beat of its own Latin American drum, a beat that will leave your tongue doing a tango of delight. The offerings change frequently, as chef Hector Santiago is constantly playing with new things (in partnership with butcher/charcuterist Colin Miles), but there is a consistent vibe to this charcutería that sets it apart from any other charcuterie in town. From a chorizo packing the unmistakably rich flavor of high-quality smoked paprika to the signature "evil coppa" that does indeed exert a wicked spice-induced grin, Pura Vida turns out plates of meat that lock you into the flavors of Latin America. You think there's anywhere else in Atlanta with the cojones to feature smoked goat in tubed form under the moniker "chupacabra"? We didn't think so.

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