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The "27" in the name refers to 27 Latin American nations, and this restaurant's cuisine is equally inclusive. Dining at Nacional 27 will satisfy your hunger, quench your thirst and expand your vocabulary, as well, with menu items such as pupusas (stuffed homemade tortillas), chimichurri (cilantro and chili salsa), chayote (an apple-like squash) and boniato (a Cuban sweet potato).�The�decor here is sleek and dramatic, with tubular lighting fixtures, blond wood, an elegant bar and a spacious dining room that doubles as a dance floor on weekends, when a deejay keeps the Latin rhythms coming. Mixologist Adam Seger's cocktail creations are always a highlight. Diners can choose from aperitivos, seafood cocktails, empanados, arepas and entrees. Look for geographically specific dishes, such as lemon- and garlic-roasted chicken Cubano and snapper Brasileno, cooked with boniato, coconut and brazil nuts.