I've passed this Peruvian place thousands of times. I always wondered if it was good. After a while, I thought "Man, it's been there for a while now, so it must be good." This place is right on the corner of Vermont and Alondra. I remember back in the 80s my friend's girlfriend used to stand on that corner in the midnight hour trying to hook just to pay for their fix. It was a sad sight. Yeah, I have friends from all walks of life, but don't you judge me.
Anyway, I tried looking up Nino's on the web and found a mention in Chowhound by a guy named Divefan. Then within the same month a friend at work mentioned she eats there and likes it a lot.
I finally made the decision to eat there today. So on the way home from running errands I stopped in. For those of you not familiar with the place, there are entrance/exits on both Vermont and Alondra which make it easy in and easy out.
Anyway, I walked in to find a small board with specials on it and a wall full of pictures of dishes and their corresponding name. The friendly owner and staff greeted me with smiles and made me feel very comfortable. The menu is mostly Peruvian with some Mexican. My friend from work says she has had both and their Mexican food is good too.
Well after studying the walls, I ordered the Suprema De Pollo and the Arroz Con Pollo y Huacaina. They have a lot of seafood on the menu, and I'll try that next time. The guy asked me if I wanted the Suprema De Pollo grilled or breaded. I thought grilled sounds good, but I'm a hog and I opted for breaded. Me dijeron que "el ordene es para aqui o para iba?" Le dije que "Para iba." Then I thought I must look more overweight than I think for her to ask me if I wanted to eat two dinners right there in one sitting?
The food was ready fairly quick. Not so quick, that I got suspicious though. But like they took the order, made to food, and didn't waste any time. I like that. I got in my truck with the food and immediately, I was like, "Damn! That smells sooo good!" as I was staring at the food in the plastic bag. When I got home, I decided to eat the Suprema De Pollo first and save the Arroz Con Pollo y Huacaina for later. I did sneak a taste of the rice and chicken though and it was very flavorful with a herb spicyness to it. Anyway, my lightly breaded chicken came on a bed of white rice with a side of salad and containers of that tasty green hot sauce. The chicken was breast meat breaded and fried. The breading was very tasty and went well with the white rice. The rice was simmered in a flavored broth, because it had a chicken broth like flavor to it. It was very good.
I was very happy with my dinner. Those two plates only cost $15. The specials of the day run $6.49 and there's over a dozen items on that list.
I'll be back to try some of their Peruvian seafood and mexican food. I'm glad I went to this place. The prices seem cheaper than all the other Peruvian restaurants in the area.
p.s. typical chowhounders will never go to this type of place
16104 S Vermont Avenue
Gardena, CA 90247