The roasted chicken and jicama cole slaw from Nazca Kitchen.

Ethnic restaurant food trends tend to ebb and flow. From updated Italian (Nonna and Lucia) to classic French (Boulevardier), the area has certainly eaten its weight in popular fare.

And now the pendulum is swinging once again: Two new restaurants--Nazca Kitchen and Joyce and Gigi’s Kitchen--aim to take your palate to new heights with dishes straight from the Andes.

Nazca Kitchen At this whitewashed diner-esque spot in Near North Dallas, the South American food is chock-full of healthful ingredients, with an antioxidant-overloaded menu (think quinoa, acai and avocado aplenty). But who knew nourishing food could be this delicious? Heartier entrees such as the steak sandwich with jicama slaw, queso blanco and sautéed peppers ($13) and butter-leaf fish tacos with mango-lime relish, cabbage and aioli drizzle ($12) are paired with a heavy mix of vegetables like butternut squash, kale and corn. (8041 Walnut Hill Lane, 214-696-2922)

Joyce and Gigi’s Kitchen Closer to downtown, this mother-daughter spot offers a more upscale experience with a more modern take on South American fare. The pâté is a luscious mixture of beef heart, wine and herbs, served with crostini ($8). We can still hear the majadito calling our name: a duck confit risotto with plantains, topped with a poached egg and garnished with pickled onion and tomato salad ($18). (1623 N. Hall St., 469-334-0799)

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