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Apr 18, 2010 09:36 PM

4/10 Another Treat for Chacarero Fans in Union Sq., Somerville

As you might imagine, the foods of the abutting Peru and Chile- share some commonalities.The Chilean Chacarero sandwiches have their green beans; the Peruvian Machu Picchu Pollos a la Brasas sandwiches have their sweet potatoes. Their meat marinades and sauces can be very similar.

The el Peruanisimo sandwiches from this tiny corner spot in Union Sq. have become a delicious addiction for us. The warm sandwich is an oblong soft roll filled with moist slices of seasoned roast pork with sliced roasted sweet potatoes and dressed with a spicy yellow (amarillo) sauce. For those of you who can't always get your Chacarero jones, or who are willing to acquire another delicious jones, this is for you! We don't live nearby so we buy multiples and reheat them through the week. They actually nuke quite well, covered and on full heat for 1 minute. I suggest you order them without the bland pitiful french fries that normally come with them.

When we pre-order and pick up our weekly sandwich supply, we usually also get a moist flavorful marinated rotisserie chicken and sometimes their huge(8" x 4") pork tamales, orange and very richly flavored from meat stock. Both the chicken and the tamales are the best of their kind that I have had in Boston.Same for the el Peruanisimo. Lucky us!

This is a good article:

the Machu Picchu restaurant , across the street


25 Union Square, Somerville. 617-623-7972. machupicchu All major credit cards accepted. Wheelchair accessible.

Machu Picchu
307 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

101 Arch St, Boston, MA 02110

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  1. Wow - sounds fantastic on all counts. Thanks for the tips - might have to head over there this week!


    1. Thanks for the tip on the sandwiches. Will definitely give them a try.

      Monthly, we will get a whole chicken from there - it is the best chicken I've ever had.
      But you are sooo right about those fries - they are terrible. I have asked how much money I would save by getting just the chicken, and they look at me like I am crazy - like who would only want a chicken?! (even though this is takeout)...In any case, I would only save basically a dollar, and given my poor spanish, asking for just a chicken is more trouble than it's worth.

      So we just crank the oven to 400, lay out those fries onto a cookie sheet and cook them until they are extra crispy and deeply golden-brown - a lot of the icky oils will drip out onto the cookie sheet, and I bet if you have parchment paper, it's probably even better for leaching out some of the oils, although I have not tried this -

      Anyway, makes the fries MUCH more palatable and it's a relatively easy fix.

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      1. re: Bob Dobalina

        gg and bob, just fyi, I'm a big eater so i always ask for my sandwich "con EXTRA puerco"
        and they charge 50 cents more. I get amarillo sauce on the side.If you do nuke the sandwich, add the amarillo sauce afterwards. btw, the globe article says their chicken and beef sandwiches are good so we intend to try them soon, but we eat so much chicken at home, we always order the pork!

        1. re: opinionatedchef

          Tried it today and enjoyed it. Thanks for the tip! It's not a heavy sandwich at all, so I could easily eat it with extra pork, and may ask for that next time. Personally, I don't mind the fries -- they are a good way to soak up more of the yellow and green sauces!

      2. Thanks so much for posting about this! I've eaten here so many times, and can never get past the chicken. Looks like I'll be making a return trip soon!

        1. Ironically, the one time I went here it was 8-something p.m. Friday and they were *out of chicken*.

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          1. re: djd

            Awesome tip, thanks. This post gave me the perfect "twofer" reason to drive in there as I have never tried their chicken either. The chicken was so moist and flavorful with the charcoal smoke penetrating it to it's bones. Can't wait to get it again sometime! It's worth a 30 minute drive IMO.

            That was a great sandwich. So much going on flavor wise and the pork was very moist.

            1. re: mjg0725

              oh yay! i can't tell you how many times i've posted a find on Ch and never heard a comment, much less a thank you. So glad you enjoyed them! We live 30 min away too so we call in our order in advance. Just a warning- DON'T try to drive through Union Sq on Sat. if you can help it; that bottleneck is just horrid then!

              i'm actually eating one of their pork sandwiches as i write this! we had a crew of Salvadorean tree workers here the other day and we got these for them;made them very happy!