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Best of Peruvian Restaurants

The best

PERUVIAN RESTAURANTS in California

 

 

Could Peruvian food be "the next big food thing?" A Wall Street Journal article last September said yes, citing the interest of chefs such as mega-famous Ferran Adrià of Spain's El Bulli.

 

 

Aliso Viejo, CA

Inka Mama’s Peruvian Cuisine

26741 Aliso Creek Road #E, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

(949) 360-6263 / http://www.inkamamas.com

Comments: The Inka Mamas, raised on the Northern Coast of Peru, have brought their Mama-Fortunata's individual recipes that make their food unique - while remaining true to the traditional Peruvian Culinary techniques. A five star restaurant with a unique flavor.

 

Anaheim, CA

El Midti Picanteria Arequipena

3070 W Lincoln Ave., Anaheim, CA 92801

(714) 995-5944

Comments: This place is a storefront hides a treasure of super food inside. Love the warm bread and the Lomo plate. A must try is the Pollo Chi Jau Kai; it’s a lightly battered breast with mushrooms. The Asian fusion puts just the perfect kick on everything.

 

Bellflower, CA

El Hornero

14074 Woodruff Ave., Bellflower, CA 90706

 (562) 867-1896 / www.chefhornero.com

Comments: Great family restaurant, chief Aguistin Fernandez,

makes sure that every plate is perfect from the taste

to the presentation. Great food and daily specials!

 

Buena Park, CA

Aji Lemon

7035 Lincoln Ave, Buena Park, CA 90620

714) 229-1500 / http://ajilmon.com

Comments: Don’t judge the book by the cover or you will miss out on some great food. The best cviche in O.C. I love the Bistec a la Pobre, a nice cooked slab of beef placed over some of their HOMEMADE FRIES, topped with an over easy eggs.

 

Cerritos, CA

El Rocoto

11433 South Street Cerritos, CA 90703

www.elrocoto.com

 

Claremont, CA

Inka Trails

1077 W Foothill Blvd. Claremont, CA 91711

(909) 626-4426 /  http://www.inkatrailsrestaurant.com

Comments: Inka Trails serves culinary Peruvian cuisine; which is famous around the world for it’s bounty of Pacific seafood. The confluence of native Inkan, Japanese and even Chinese influence makes for a remarkable and delicious unity.

 

Pollos Kikiryki

344 South Indian Hill Boulevard, Claremont, CA 91711

www.polloskikiryki.com

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Downey, CA

Parrilla’s Che

12121 Paramount Boulevard, Downey, CA 90242

(562) 622-9389

Comments: Good food

 

Toyitos Chicken

8510 Paramount Boulevard, Downey, CA 90240

(562) 927-3080

Comments: Toyitos is a Peruvian-Japanese place that specializes in rotisserie chicken.

 

East Los Angeles, CA

El Pollon Peruvian Restaurant

5100 E Beverly Blvd., East Los Angeles, CA 90022

(323) 265-1500

 

Foothill Ranch, CA

Inka Mama’s Peruvian Cuisine

26676 Portola Pkwy., Foothill Ranch, CA 92610

949) 951-6262 / http://www.inkamamas.com

Comments: The Inka Mamas, raised on the Northern Coast of Peru, have brought their Mama-Fortunata's individual recipes that make their food unique - while remaining true to the traditional Peruvian Culinary techniques. A five star restaurant with a unique flavor.

 

Gardena, CA

El Pollo Inka

1425 W. Artesia Blvd., Gardena, CA

(310) 516-7378

Comments: The restaurant touts its rotisserie chicken, on weekends, you'll often find live music and a dance floor

 

El Rocoto

1356 W. Artesia Blvd., Gardena, CA

(310) 768.8768

Comments: El Rocoto is named for a Peruvian pepper so hot that it has been dubbed "the gringo killer." The best chicken cooked over open fire.

 

Glendale, CA

Con Sazón

6514 San Fernando Rd., Glendale, CA 91201

(818) 500-8713

Comments: A great selection of food, some of the favorites include fried calamari, stuffed avocado with chicken, Lomo Saltado. This Peruvian food has a mix of influences from Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and Italian.

 

Mamita Peruvian Restaurant

714 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91204

(818) 243-5121

Comments: You will not be disappointed with the Juicy slices of steak, fresh chunks of sautéed tomatoes and red onion, potato fries, covered in lime, sweet soy sauce and cilantro. So simple, so good! They serve Lomo Saltado all day. The seafood is fabulous too. Many say this is the best in LA. Over 100 items on the menu.

 

Hollywood, CA

Los Balcones Del Peru

1360 Vine St., Hollywood, CA 90028

323) 871-9600 / www.losbalconesdelperu.menutoeat.com

Comments: Good selection of food, check the website to view their menu

 

Mario’s Peruvian & Seafood

5786 Melrose Ave., L.A.,

(323) 466-4181

Comments: This storefront eatery in Hollywood is often packed during meal times. The aji verde sauce (made of aji amarillo and green herbs) comes in giant squeeze bottles on each table.

 

Lake Forest, CA

Inka Grill

23600 Rockfield Blvd., Lake Forest, CA

949-587-9008

Comments: It’s a little pricey, but the portions are HUGE and you will leave with a people bag.

 

Delicias Peruanas

24354 Muirlands Blvd., Lake Forest, CA 92630

949-472-4752

Comments: This is a family owns restaurant, another Gem to add to the collection of food places. Recommend the Pollo a la parilla. Best Peruvian food around, definitely a hole in the wall.

 

La Mirada, CA

Marios Peruvian Seafood Restaurant

15720 Imperial Hwy., La Mirada, CA 90638

(562) 902-8299

Comments: Lomo Saltado with an egg on top is a favorite here, my favorite is the ceviche made to perfection. Must try the arroz chaufa de carne (beef fried rice) YUMMY!

 

Lawndale, CA

El Pollo Inka

15400 Hawthorne Blvd., Lawndale, CA 90260

(310) 676-6665 / www.elpolloinka.com

Comments: Enjoy large portions, It doesn't matter what you order, it is all fantastic food!  I recommend the Lomo Saltado if you are a steak lover and enjoy a great experience.

 

Long Beach, CA

El Pollo Imperial

5991 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA

(562) 612-3315 / www.elpolloimperial.com

Comments: This place is a hidden gem, you must try the Lomo Saltado (steak, tomatoes, French fries) or the chicken, Tallarin Saltado

 

Charo’s Peruvan Cuisine

      7563 Carson Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90808

 

(562) 627-0087 / http://www.charosperucuisine.com

Comments: The menu here is made up off all the Peruvian classics you'd expect to find, like the Lomo Saltado, Chaufa de Pollo and more. Love the free bread too!

 

Los Angeles, CA

Con Sabor A Peru

5163 Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90019

(323) 936-4444

 

Don Felix

305 N. Virgil Ave., Los Angeles, CA

(323) 663-1088

Comments: This restaurant puts a twist on their food, 3% of Peru’s population is Asian. So, when you go to Don Felix, it’s not that the food isn’t authentic Peruvian food. It’s just a different sector of Peruvian than most are used to.

 

Don Felix

4435 Fountain Ave., Los Angeles, CA

(323) 669-7575

Comments: This restaurant puts a twist on their food, 3% of Peru’s population is Asian. So, when you go to Don Felix, it’s not that the food isn’t authentic Peruvian food. It’s just a different sector of Peruvian than most are used to.

 

Inti Restaurant

5870 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

(323) 962-2027

Comments: All I can say this place is the best-kept secret. A must try

 

Los Balcones Del Peru

1360 Vine St., Los Angeles, CA 90028

(323) 871.9600

Comments:

The seafood dishes are fresh and authentic, and their cebiche ( raw fish with lime and onions ) is close to what you would find in a cebicheria in Lima.

 

Mami Isa

6208 Alcove Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 91606

 

Mario’s Peruvian & Seafood

5786 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

 (323) 466-4181

Comments: Lomo Saltado and Lomo de Mariscos are favorites and the spicy green sauce is great! Must try the Ceviche mixtro and other sea food dishes.

 

Mo Chica

514 W. 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA

(213) 622-3744 / www.mo-chica.com

Comments: Some recommendations: Seafood Paella. Oxtail stew, Albacore Ceviche, Lomo Saltado. Tapas and much more.

 

Natalie Peruvian Seafood Restaurant

5759 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA (Hollywood)

(323) 463-8340

Comments: True “hole in the wall” with delicious Peruvian Food. Also the amount of food you get for the price is decent.

 

Picca

9575 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90035

(310) 277-0133

 

Pollo a la Brasa

 764 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles (Koreatown)

(213) 387-1531.

Comments: LA Weekly posted the following: The stacks of logs piled outside this tiny Koreatown spot, and the smell of smoke and roasting meat, mean only one thing: pollo a la brasa, rotisserie chicken. Chicken so good that we declared it one of the 100 favorite dishes in L.A.

 

Pollos El Brasero

2281 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90006

(310) 277-0133

 

Puro Sabor

6366 Van Nuys Blvd., L.A.

(818) 908-0818

Comments: The name tell the store about this restaurant “pure flavor”. The menu items include ceviche, or aji verde sauce made with cilantro and jalapeno. We recommend you try the picarones, lightly fried pumpkin doughnuts.

 

Takatis Pollo a la Brasa

6470 Van Nuys Blvd., L.A.

(818) 781-8122.

Comments: they serve a great sandwich the "Peruvian equivalent of a Big Mac." It's a bolillo roll encompassing roast chicken, fried yam, shredded lettuce, tomato, a hard-scrambled egg and melted cheese. Don't forget the creamy red and green aji chile sauces.

 

Mission Viejo, CA

Café Mia Terra

25542 Jeronimo Rd., Mission Viejo, CA 92691

(949) 454-8284 / www.cafemiaterra.com

 

Montebello, CA

Whittier Peruvian Restaurant

2100 West Whittier Boulevard, Montebello, CA 90640

(323) 727-1965

Comments: They give a very generous portion of the Saltado, but not enough rice FOR ME, love their rice  The Aji sauce is pretty spicy and it’s great!

 

Norwalk, CA

Anticucheria Peruana

14351 Pioneer Boulevard, Norwalk, CA 90650

(562) 929-3398

 

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Mica’s Peruvian Sandwiches

8880 Archibald Ave, CA 91730

(562) 929-3398

 

San Bernardino, CA

El Rico Pollo Peruvian Cuisine & Grill

2013 Diners Court, San Bernardino, CA 92408

(909) 890-0539/ www.chicamarestaurant.com

Comments: They serve Barbecue, Vegetarian, and Peruvian

 

San Clemente, CA

Inka Mama’s Peruvian Cuisine

821 Via Suerte, Unit 104, San Clemente, CA 92673

Comments: The Inka Mamas, raised on the Northern Coast of Peru, have brought their Mama-Fortunata's individual recipes that make their food unique - while remaining true to the traditional Peruvian Culinary techniques. A five star restaurant with a unique flavor.

 

San Diego, CA

Café Secrete (Cocina Peruana)

1140 Camino Del Mar, San Diego, CA

http://cafesecret.com

Comments: This restaurant one of those hidden gems that when you find it you hope no one else will find. They serve all the traditional dishes: Shrimp Causa, Conchitas, Paeihuela, Sudado, Lomo Salado, and much more. The Ceviche was voted BEST by San Diego Magazine and Ranch Coast Magazine.

 

Santa Ana, CA

Inka Mama’s Peruvian Cuisine

3930 S. Bristol St #107, Santa Ana, CA 92704

(714) 557-6252/ http://www.inkamamas.com

Comments: The Inka Mamas, raised on the Northern Coast of Peru, have brought their Mama-Fortunata's individual recipes that make their food unique - while remaining true to the traditional Peruvian Culinary techniques. A five star restaurant with a unique flavor.

 

Santa Fe Springs, CA

Lima Virreynal Peruvian Restaurant

11411 Telegraph Road, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670

(562) 942-2299

Comments: Received a five star review!

 

Stanton, CA

Chicama Peruvian Restaurant

6959 Cerritos Ave., Stanton, CA 90680

(714) 995-2510 / www.chicamarestaurant.com

 

Van Nuys, CA

Lola’s

14851 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys

818-988-2181

Comments: If you are craving excellent rotisserie chicken (served with some nice condiments including mayonnaise-heavy potato salad, or beans made with chiles, bacon and onions), go to Lola's in Van Nuys.

 

 

 

 

 

6/14/14

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