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Chow Find! Peruvian Food in Boca Raton

Dev | Dec 1, 2005 09:21 PM

Tonight we discovered a GREAT Peruvian restaurant in NE Boca Raton. It's called Inca Grill and it's in a little non-descript plaza on Federal and 20th.

We met Carlos, the owner, a few days after Hurricane Wilma while waiting in line to buy fuel for our generators. My mom is Peruvian (transplant) so I was really excited to hear about a Peruvian restaurant in our area. We finally made it to his restaurant tonight and it was fantastic.

After enjoying the rolls with the outstanding spicy sauce they serve it with (would have been good with cancha but they don't serve it), my DH started off with an excellent clam chowder. It was a white chowder (can't really call it 'New England' though, maybe 'Miraflores Clam Chowder'?) with lots of chunks of clams and very flavorful. He followed this with a corvina (typical fish eaten in Peru) grilled in onions which he proclaimed excellent. I had the avocado salad (ensalada de palta -- palta is 'avocado' in Peru) and it was outstanding! It was one of the best salads I've ever eaten, with delicious dressing and lots of chunks of perfect avocado. I had this with a side order of rice (I'm a vegetarian, so no fish/seafood for me) but really couldn't eat it b/c the salad was so huge. But even the rice was perfect. And the chicha morada -- Wow! Chicha morada is a very typical Peruvian drink made from purple corn, cloves and fruit juices. (It's very different from Venezuelan chicha.) It may not sound good but believe me, it's great. We were very impressed. Unfortunately, we finished with no room for dessert.

The restaurant itself was cute and the ambience relaxing. Nadine, the chef and wife of the owner, came out several times to make sure that everyone was enjoying their food and share stories of her background, childhood, etc. It felt more like going to a new friend's house for a great meal than a restaurant. We are so happy to have found a great place in our neighborhood.

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