So, after shaking off the surly bonds of work one time too many to sneak off for a long lunch, I decided it might be more prudent to stay closer to work when I go out for lunch. I'm in that Irvine dead zone, where I'm just a wee bit too far from the good food in Irvine, Tustin, and Santa Ana.
And, I so went to a nearby food court to re-visit Chicago's Best and give it another shot. (They had forgotten to include the peppers last time, and I wanted to see how much of a difference that makes).
But, I quickly made a detour when I saw Peruvian Kitchen standing a few stalls away from Chicago's Best in the spot where Lima City, a Peruvian fast food joint, had once stood in this same food court.I had given Lima City a couple of shots, but never found the food to be anything more than just average. Ironically enough, another Peruvian restaurant, Casa Inka, now stands in Peruvian Kitchen' former location in Fountain Valley.
Don't pass by Peruvian Kitchen because you've eaten at Lima City before cause they're not the same. PK is a notch above Lima City, with food more tasty and authentic. Lima City was like one of those cheesy Chinese fast food joints that sold mediocre food to white customers, and PK is like one of those Chinese restaurants where you actually see Chinese customers outnumber the white customers.
Now, I'm not saying that Peruvian Kitchen is necessarily worth a long detour if it means you're going to be late for work after lunch. But, if you're in Irvine and your other options are the nearby food courts, then this you should definitely give this place a shot.