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Whitemarshjohn Apr 26, 2008 12:42 PM

About I year ago my Fiance and I tried La Cazuela on Eastern Ave and found the food to be very good and it was an excellent value - not to mention that our server was very attentive. I would not have even known about La Cazuela if it were not for the many recomendations from this board. It seems that Rinconcito Peruano seems to have lots of fans on the Chowhund board. We will have to check them out soon. Is Rinconcito Peruano similar to La Cazuela in many/any ways? I noticed that the Chowhounds had an outting at Rinconcito Peruano, but I'm never around during the week to attend them.

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  1. Dmnkly RE: Whitemarshjohn Apr 26, 2008 12:58 PM

    I haven't eaten at La Cazuela, but just looking at it while walking by, Rinconcito Peruano is much more downscale. It's a very, very modest little ethnic joint. I'm a big fan. I won't copy it here since it's a monster post, but here's a bunch of photos:

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      akimbok RE: Whitemarshjohn Apr 26, 2008 05:38 PM

      I can concur with Dmnkly. I've been to both. You'll find that La Cazuela has a nicer ambience--cozier and warmer. La Cazuela has a bigger menu, from what I remember. The service is great at both, though. Very friendly and attentive. You'll definitely like Rinconcito Peruano, but it is distinctly different.

      1. JonParker RE: Whitemarshjohn Apr 26, 2008 06:09 PM

        I'm also on board with Dmnkly. Rinconcito Puerano is a gem -- a completely satisfying place with incredible food. It's one of my top places in town. Whatever you order, the chica morada is a necessary accompaniment. If you're there with a dining partner dont' even bother ordering it by the glass, just get a pitcher. If you don't you'll wish you had.

        The one minor quibble I have is that while i find the anticucho delicious, it would work better for me as an appetizer than an entree -- the texture starts to bother me while working through a whole plate of the stuff, while an app sized portion would be perfect. And don't stick with the chicken -- there's so much more. The ceviche is one of my favorite dishes at any restaurant, period.

        I can't recommend this place highly enough.

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          Whitemarshjohn RE: Whitemarshjohn Apr 26, 2008 08:57 PM

          Is Rinconcito Peruano more of a "hole in the wall" then Fiesta Mexicano out in Rosedale?

          BTW, Is "hole in the wall" an insult? I hope it's not. I just use that expression to mean very small.

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            bluepig1 RE: Whitemarshjohn Apr 27, 2008 02:04 PM

            Rinconcito Peruano is a hole in the wall, but not in the sense it's small. The inside is surprisingly spacious. It's more that it's just a family-run business, with friendly service to go along with it, and the atmosphere is basic - not dirty, not run down, just basic.

            Get the ceviche -- in my opinion, the best thing on the menu (along with the chica morado Jon mentions). A sizable portion of fresh, very very flavorful fish with large corn kernels and the traditional Peruvian accompaniment of sweet potatoes.

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            onocoffee RE: Whitemarshjohn Apr 27, 2008 02:34 PM

            As the name implies, Rinconcito Peruano is Peruvian. But La Cazuela (from my understanding as I have not been there yet) is Ecuadorian.

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              Whitemarshjohn RE: Whitemarshjohn Apr 28, 2008 02:31 AM

              I took my Fiance to El Rinconcito on Sunday night and the food was extremely enjoyable. We drank chicha morado and my Fiance ordered a steak which came with perfectly cooked rice that had a sunny side up egg on it , plantains and fried yucca (which she asked for since someone on the board mentioned that theri fries suck). I had one of the specials which was steak, a pork chop and a chicken portion which had corn on the side and potatoes. All of the food was outstanding. For dessert we shared flan which is custard covered in delicious caramel. I really felt like a pig because the portions were very generous and I ate everything in front of me - it was just so good! I highly recommend El Rinconcito and I will put it high on my list of places I want to visit again soon.

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                Whitemarshjohn RE: Whitemarshjohn May 2, 2008 05:56 PM

                Just one more note about Rinconcito Peruano and La Cazuela:
                Our total check for two was $38 at Rinconcito (we are pretty hardy eaters). When we ate at La Cazuela the check came to $44 and after looking at both menu's again I would say that they are comparably priced. If memory serves me correctly, I don't remember La Cazuela being super - upscale, but maybe a little more so then Rinconcito Peruano (I find Rinconcito Peruano sort of charming with the huge jukebox and the little shrine area of the wall).

                Oh, and BTW - The Owner at Fiesta Mexicano (even more down-scale) has just added a couple of wooden booths that he built himself, so you're more likely to find a place comfortably sit and eat now. My Fiance and I had dinner there a couple of weeks ago and even took home a couple of tacos for my Daughter and the check was only $28! The Owners again reinforced the fact that their food is Authentic Mexican - they kind of food they eat in Mexico City. If you eat here, be sure to try the guacamoli.

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