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MSP - Machu Picchu closed

FYI -- I've updated the Places link to note that our local Peruvian spot is closed.

Per a local dining guide, the restaurant appears to have shut down while the owners look for a new site. The phone is disconnected and their website is functioning only partway.

Anybody know another spot to get Lomo Saltado in the Twin Cities? Sad but true : when I get a craving stir-fried beef onions and tomatoes in brown sauce with french fries added in, served over white rice, nothing else will do.

Machu Picchu (closed)
2940 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

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  1. Oh, I really hope they do re-open! In the meantime, Los Andes is probably a good place to get your South American fix; but it's Ecuadorian and Colombian, not Peruvian.


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    1. re: The Dairy Queen

      La Hacienda has a "Peruvian" section in their menu I believe. Can't vouch for quality or authenticity, however.

      I have a "Guayaquil Restaurant" on Lake St. and a "Sabor Latino" on 2515 Central Ave. listed in my Unique Dining List (which probably could use an update) under "Ecuadorian / Peruvian". Both seem to Ecuadorian, however. I don't know the differences between the two, but I would think they're similar, given that they border eachother.

      Sabor Latino
      2505 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

      La Hacienda
      2467 7th St W, Saint Paul, MN 55116

      Guayaquil Restaurant
      1526 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN

      1. re: tvdxer

        KTFoley, did you ever get your lomo saltado craving satified?

        Better late than never, I suppose, but I can confirm that La Hacienda does indeed have Lomo Saltado on its menu, but their Peruvian offerings are apparently available on weekends only. I, like tvdxer, cannot vouch for it, because I haven't ordered it.


    2. I've never been there, so I can't vouch for it, but how about Picosa? http://www.picosarestaurant.com/about...


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      1. re: The Dairy Queen

        Thanks, TDQ! Undoubtedly I will end up checking out both of them. So much starch & nostalgia on a single plate ... but will report back on what I find.

        1. re: KTFoley

          Would love to read your thoughts after you try them. I've been to Los Andes once--here's my post, with photos, on that, in case that's helpful to you at all.


          1. re: KTFoley

            I've been to both La Hacienda and Picosa.

            La Hacienda is a very chowish little hole in the wall on South 7th in St. Paul, in Sibley Plaza. Quirky little place with "Mexican", Guatemalan, and Salvadorean (?) offerings. Quite tasty.

            Picosa is a predatory night club on St. Anthony Main, along the lines of Bella Notte at its worst, or Trockadero's, or in its recent decline, Sapor. Food was underwhelming, but I didn't specifically try lomo saltado, so that alone may make it worth it.

            Good luck!

          2. re: The Dairy Queen

            We tried the Lomo Soltado at Picosa and, like TDQ's experience, it was underwhelming. The service, however, was stellar.

            My wife and I lament the decline of Machu Picchu.. I was a regular there since 2000 and my wife fears she will never have her beloved Pollo Soltado or their amazing empanadas.

          3. La Gran Columbia Restaurant on Central Ave. has Lomito Saltado on the menu. I haven't tried it, though.

            I went for the first time today, and had the lunch special (a huge bowl of tasty fish soup, plus a large plate of salad, beans-and-beef, and excellent rice). I plan to go back soon to try the arroz con pollo and the seco de chivo (goat stew!).

            This place is a largish "hole in the wall" mom-and-pop-style ethnic eatery, with a big sign out front that advertises Colombian and Equadorian food.



            La Gran Colombia Restaurant
            2207 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

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            1. re: AnneInMpls

              Excellent. I'll add it to my list. Thank you, Anne!

              1. re: AnneInMpls

                I went to La Gran Colombian restaurant late last night after finding a thirty minute wait at Brasse at 9 p.m. While not packed, La Gran had enough tables filled so you felt plenty comfortable.

                Before ordering, we spoke to the co-owner, an energetic and engaging woman named Johanna. She is Colombian and her husband (the other owner) is Ecuadorian. Since my wife and I are headed to Colombia soon for the first time soon, I asked that Johanna reccomend a traditional Colombian dish. She reccomended either the Bistec e Caballo or the Bandeja Paisa. Both are popular Colombian beef dishes that she said you would find in the fanciest restaurants in Colombia or your neighborhood restaurants. (In case you're marveling at my memory, I pulled the spellings of the dishes off their website http://www.lagrancolombiarestaurant.c...


                I ordered the Bistec e Cebbalo. It was in steak in a spicy Creole sauce with onions, potato, cassava and a side of beans and rice. Very tasty and the portion size was ample. Also, the fried plantains were spectacular.

                We also had an appetizer of Empanadas. The homemade "hot" sauce that they provided with the Empanadas is not to be missed!

                We finished off the meal with a dessert of dates in a sweet sauce, cheese, and whipcream. I don't typically think of myself as a fan of dates, but the dish was quite good! Apparently a popular Colombian dessert.

                We will definitely make a return visit to La Gran!

              2. Chimborazo on Central and 29th in Northeast has pollo saltado and lomo saltado. It's Ecuadorian rather than Peruvian, so I don't know if there would be a lot of difference.

                1. Did Machu Picchu re-open by any chance? I see that their web site is (still?) up.

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                  1. Has Machu Picchu reopened yet? We no longer live in Mpls but this was one of our favorite restaurants. Lomo saltado, fried yucca, empanadas were all excellent. The family who ran this place was always very nice to us. Didn't even realized that is closed in 2008! Guess that's how long we haven't been back. Any info would be much appreciated, as we have not found as good Peruvian anywhere else we've traveled or lived.

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                    1. re: iphonechica

                      No, unfortunately, Machu Pichu has never re-opened. But check out Chimborazo, an Ecuadoran restaurant with AWESOME food - their lomo saltado is the stuff that dreams are made of.

                      2851 Central Ave, Minneapolis, MN

                      1. re: AnneInMpls

                        Thanks for the rec, Anne.

                        Next time my husband and I are in town...we'll check it out. He happens to be Ecuadorian.

                        Can you speak to how the lomo @ Cimborazo compares to what used to be served at Machu Picchu? Machu Picchu's used beef tenderloin (no grizzle), sauce was flavorful soy sauce-based with slices of tomato and red onion, if I remember correctly, hand-cut french fries. I think the rice was basmati with a bit of garlic and butter. (My mouth is drooling right now just thinking about this dish!)

                        1. re: iphonechica

                          I never had the lomo at Machu Pichu, but I think you'll like the version at Chimorazo. It has tender, flavorful strips of beef, with onion, tomato, red peppers, and chunky french fries. The rice is very good - not sure if it's basmati, but it could be. There's definitely garlic and butter in the sauce; probably soy, too.

                          Oh, now I'm drooling, too!

                    2. The Mrs and I checked out Uchu in Plymouth last night. I gotta say... while the lomo saltado didn't taste the same as my beloved Machu Picchu, it was still very delicious. The restaurant is an open room with an open kitchen, sound bounces all over the place and it's kinda loud. The menu is somewhat limited, but talking to the staff it seem that they have plans to expand it. I'll be back for sure - They're certainly worth a play if you're a fan of Peruvian food.