On the way to the August street food festival in SF in August, I walked past Rincon Peruano. Not having seen it before, it dawned on me that I’d not strolled on this block before. I came back once the festival became too oppressive. With but a handful of tables and sweet staff, this little café was a haven from the maddening crowds.
For the first visit, I ordered just the housemade alfajor, $1, and maracuya (passionfruit) juice, $1.25. This was a refreshing break. I’ve also tried the other cookie baked here, a woven wreath-like traditional pastry, and liked it.
The menu features homestyle dishes of Peru, a few standard items supplemented by day of the week specials. I returned for the aguadito de pollo, $6.50. Cilantro-tinted, this was a soupy version of arroz con pollo with a succulent drumstick and lots of rice, plus corn, carrots, and green beans under there the surface of the broth. A couple squeezes of key lime and some of the ají, and I was good to go. Very homey.
I’ve also tried a Tamal peruano, $3. The smooth masa steamed in a banana leaf is filled with chicken, olive, salt pork fat and served with pickled onions. I added some of the blazing hot ají sauce made with jalapeños for a little more punch. Again, a comforting dish.
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Rincon Peruano Restaurant
3364 26th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
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