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excellent Peruvian restaurant?

MJE3 Feb 7, 2009 07:00 AM

I would love to get suggestions for an excellent Peruvian restaurant in the Boston/Cambridge/Newton areas? Thanks!

  1. limster Feb 9, 2009 12:05 PM

    Is Betos still around? Used to have a soft spot for it.

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    1. re: limster
      El Guapo Feb 10, 2009 06:29 AM

      Betos is still around. I stopped in a few weeks ago to pick up some alfajores. I plan on hitting it soon for lunch as I realize that my proximity to the Bowdoin station would let me get to East Boston pretty quickly.

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        limster Feb 10, 2009 09:58 AM

        Thank for the update! Hope to hear about the lunch.

    2. globalgourmand Feb 9, 2009 06:11 AM

      One semi-Peruvian restaurant I've enjoyed was Taranta in the North End. They have a Southern Italian/Peruvian menu.

      Also (a stretch but worth a nod,) there is Masona Grill which is out of your area (West Roxbury) but has a New American menu with South American from their Peruvian chef.

      Can't wait to try Don Ricardo's. Thanks!

      1. MC Slim JB Feb 8, 2009 11:45 AM

        I love Don Ricardo and highly recommend it -- it's an inexpensive, really good place in the South End, a rarity, and the people there are so nice -- but the range and execution of the Peruvian menu at Rincon Limeno get the nod as my favorites in town, maybe because they focus exclusively on Peruvian cuisine, while Don Ricardo's also offers Mexican and Brazilian dishes (the owner is Peruvian, the chef is Brazilian).

        Jalea (fried seafood), ceviche, lomo saltado (steak tips stir-fried with french fries, onions, and tomatoes), and alfajores (anise scented dulce de leche sandwich cookies imported from Peru) are all just amazing there. It's a great bargain, and a surprisingly good-looking place: they remodeled not too long ago with very nice results.

        1. hiddenboston Feb 7, 2009 07:47 AM

          I like Don Ricardo's in the South End, though they feature more than just Peruvian food (they have a number of Brazilian dishes on the menu as well).

          Don Ricardo's Restaurant
          57 W Dedham St, Boston, MA 02118

          1. BostonZest Feb 7, 2009 07:18 AM

            The only one I've tried is Machu Picchu in Union Square, Somerville. We enjoyed the food. And, I hear their chicken location also in the Square is great but we haven't made it there yet.

            Search the Boston Board and you'll find more about them.


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            1. re: BostonZest
              cockscomb Feb 10, 2009 09:41 AM

              i would second machu picchu.. a friend that i work with who is pervuvian took me there and i thought the food was great. he told me that this is his familys favorite peruvian restaurant in the boston area.

            2. ScubaSteve Feb 7, 2009 07:16 AM

              been to Rincon Limeno in Eastie a few time and really liked it.


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                fredid Feb 8, 2009 08:29 AM

                Rincon has, I wager, the best ceviche in greater Boston! And is great for meat and potatoes type home cooking...Do a search for more details.

                1. re: fredid
                  Taralli Feb 10, 2009 06:41 AM

                  Totally agree on the cerviche & their fried seafood platter is pretty good too, as well as their roast chicken. Very unexpectedly, they also have the most comforting & wonderful fried rice dish I've ever had.

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                    eLizard Feb 10, 2009 08:58 AM

                    i cannot say enough good things about rincon limeno. i miss it, angela's and rino's most since moving from eastie. oh yeah, and i had quite the soft spot for royal roast beef.

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