A few friends and I went over to Tampa for dinner at Paracas. While it is not much to look at, we remembered as the original restaurant for the Martinez family. Bob Martinez was the mayor of Tampa for a while.
Paracas is peruvian cuisine. For appetizers, we ordered a fish ceviche, an order of calamari and an order of (sorry, I don't remember the name) potato slices covered with a cheese and yellow pepper sauce. Now I am not usually a ceviche fan but this was excellent. The calamari surprised me as to how fresh it was. As a side note, we were the third party there for the night. And the potatoes were excellent also. All excellent choices.
For entrees, we each got got something different. Now I have to say that the meals are BIG on rice and other starches. I got palomila steak cut up and fried along with onions, tomatoes, french fries and a gravy along with rice. Very simple but tasty fare. BTW, my entree was 6.95 I believe. One gentlemen got fried grouper that was excellent. One got the palomila steak with red beans and rice. Etc.
The beers were a little expensive, $3 for a domestic bottle. And the decor was nothing special but the food was excellent. And very reasonable.
This trip was based on a recommendation from Andy Huse and a very good one at that.
This is definitely on our short list for ethnic restaurants.
3602 N. Armenia Ave.
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