On the inspiration of MC Slim JB's recent Dig article and Charles Herbert's hankering for "beef!", we drove over to this little Peruvian place in Day Square in East Boston.
The place's dozen tables were nearly full when we arrived around 8pm. An interesting mix of local folks, police officers getting take-out and some folks possibly from other Boston locales, as we were -
This is definitely NOT a place for the Atkins dieters among us...Nearly every entree seems to come with fries and rice! (Reminded me of the line from Big Night - "She's wants a side of pasta with her risotto?! Maybe she's wants a baked potato too?!)
We started off with a couple of bottles of Peruvian beer - not certain of the brand, but sort of a hoppy ale - a little sweet and very satisfying when paired with a pair of empenadas! Wow, were these good. They looked like corn dogs on the outside, a firm deep-fried exterior, but filled with what tasted like carnitas and rice and other goodies. Very good! A spicy sauce with chopped green onions and cilantro accompanied in a little plastic cup that put the exclamation point on these. Cheap too - I think only $1.50 or so for each one.
Chuck had the lomo saltado, which was enjoyed. It's a mix of marinated and sliced steak, fries, tomatoes and cilantro as described by MCSJB. Plus a side of rice! Woo...nap time!
I had the bistec a lo Pobre (Steak for the poor man!). This was a half-plate thin slab of well-done steak (my doneness preference was not requested and I did not offer), fries, fried plantains, rice topped with a fried egg, and a separate bowl of beans. We need to get the Pats linemen headed over here in the lead-up to the season - I spooned the beans into the rice and enjoyed. Very basic and very good all the way around.
Both entrees (most in fact) were only $10. The total was $28 before tip. Great value, the service was friendly, the TV above us had a telenovella then a soccer match that many of the folks were watching, but the TV was by no means intrusive or loud.
We waddled out to the car thoroughly full and satisfied. Since beef was the order last night, we did not delve into the extensive fish options - that's for next time.