Ceviche With a Splash of Lima

Of the Peruvian restaurants around town, Los Balcones del Peru still seems to be the front-runner. Go for anything with seafood, especially the sparkling fresh ceviche (the house blend of calamari–both fried and raw–fish, and shrimp is outstanding). They also do pretty tasty anticuchos (Peruvian kebabs).

Saltados (stir-fries made with French fries) aren’t Balcones’ strong suit, though–you’ll find better stuff at Mario’s or El Rocoto, where modernist loves the seafood rice and other fish dishes. Hounds report mixed experiences, though.

The venerable Don Felix is known among Peruvian expats as the place to go for Peruvian breakfast before church. Warning: it ends early.

Chubbypanda’s default stop for Peruvian eats is Peruvian Kitchen, where they do a fine aguadito de pollo–a long-simmered chicken soup that’s green with parsley.

El Pollo Inka in Lawndale, the superior branch in this local chain, also has delicious aguadita de pollo, says elmomonster.

Los Balcones Del Peru [Hollywood]
formerly Toi on Vine
1360 Vine St., Los Angeles
323-871-9600
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Mario’s Peruvian [Hollywood]
5786 Melrose Ave., Vine, Los Angeles
323-466-4181
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El Rocoto Restaurant [Artesia-ish]
11433 South St., Cerritos
562-924-1919
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El Rocoto [South Bay]
1356 W. Artesia Blvd., Gardena
310-768-8768
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Don Felix Restaurant [East Hollywood]
4435 Fountain Ave., Virgil, Los Angeles
323-669-7575
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Don Felix Restaurant [East Hollywood]
305 N. Virgil Ave., Beverly, Los Angeles
323-663-1088
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Peruvian Kitchen [South OC]
8610 Warner Ave., Fountain Valley
714-847-7555
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El Pollo Inka [South Bay]
15400 Hawthorne Blvd., Lawndale
310-676-6665
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Board Links
Los Balcones del Peru–PK’s Review w/pics
Peruvian soup

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