I am pretty darn excited! Just got a tip from a co-worker whose food judgement is generally very reliable that there is a good Peruvian restaurant...in Merced! He says that he's tried it once or twice and that it has a full menu including rotisserie chicken, arroz con leche, ceviche, salt ado, alfajores, and more. For out of town Chowhounds, it is right on Yosemite Parkway, aka Highway 140, so would be a great stop for anyone heading to Yosemite through Merced.
So of course he tells me about this place just as I am getting to leave town on a series of short-ish trips. We are planning to go for lunch in a few weeks when I return, but I am so excited at the possibilities of a good restaurant offering a cuisine that I didn't think was available any closer than Fresno, that I am posting here in case anyone gets there before I get back.
If you go before I do, I'd love to hear reports!
1725 Yosemite Parkway (Highway 140)
Merced, CA 95340