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Apr 15, 2010 09:18 AM

Arequipa, anyone?

I keep reading about the amazing culinary delights that they're supposed to have there, but scant restaurant recs. Can anyone here help me out?


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  1. Hey baltoellen,

    I spent a day in Arequipa, where I had the chance to eat at a couple places.

    If you want a really traditional meal, you should go to Tradicion Arequipa, where you can get literally every single Arequipenian classic. It's very touristy (they give you a bib decorated with a lobster when you order the seafood stew!), but it's an amazing value.

    Other than that, I can recommend Zig Zag for a steakhouse. It's a mix of Swiss and Peruvian cuisine, I think--odd, I know, but the steaks are actually quite good, by Peruvian standards. And the restaurant serves unique meats like ostrich that tend to be healthier on average.

    One thing you must try while you're there though is the cuy, i.e. roast guinea pig. Check it out.

    I think I'm going to make a Peruvian recommendations topic sometime soon, and when I do I'll be sure to put up my reviews of my Arequipenian restaurants up on it.

    Hope that helps!

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    1. re: The Food Buster

      It's been quite a while, but my fondest food memory of Arequipa is of following the scent of chocolate to an amazing chocolate shop that also made all manner of marzipan (tiny spaghetti and meatballs come to mind). Also, a shop with beautiful and delicious cream filled pastry swans. Hmmm...sounds like some days of sugar!

      1. re: The Food Buster

        I agree with Food Buster, I was in Arequipa a couple of years ago and ate at Zig Zag, delicious! Loved the variety plate where you are served ostrich, beef and alpaca, and you finish cooking it yourself on a hot stone. Alpaca was delicious. It was recommended by my grandfather and was an excellent choice for dinner. Drinks in an ostrich egg were definitely a novelty!