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Jun 14, 2011 09:05 AM

Worthy Peruvian or Ecuadorian?

Have car and WILL travel for tasty South American food.

My husband has been up and down Montrose in search of tasty bites.

We are looking for good Lomo Saltado, fried Yucca (looks like chunky french fries), ahi (jalapeno/cilantro salsa for dipping), excellent empanadas (South American style, not Mexican). We are also interested in South American version of carnitas (shredded, roasted pork)...the proper name escapes me at the moment.

We have tried Machu Picchu @ 3856 N Ashland and were not very impressed. Our pinnacle is a restaurant that has since closed in Minneapolis by the same name. Their Lomo Saltado was chopped beef tenderloin in a soy sauce-based sauce "stir-fried" with french fries, sliced red onion and chunks of tomatoes and served with rice. It was delicious. We have not been able to find anything as flavorful or with as tender, melt-in-your-mouth meat.

Your help would be much appreciated.

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  1. Taste of Peru in Rogers Park might be the most unassuming looking restaurant you've ever seen, but it's reputation is deserved, it is delicious. You can find them at 6545 N. Clark. I don't believe they have South American empanadas, but I enjoy the ones from La Unica, which is just around the corner at 1515 W. Devon.

    Taste of Peru
    6545 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60626

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    1. re: mlipps

      I've seen Taste of Peru. (We live in Andersonville...not far.) Got a BAD pedicure from a place in the same strip mall. We will definitely check it out. We'll also have to stop at La Unica for some empanadas...hope to report back soon.

      Taste of Peru
      6545 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60626

      1. re: iphonechica

        Eaten there. It's a true hidden gem.

    2. The Peruvian style rotissierrie chicken is fantastic at D'Candela on Kedzie at Belle Plaine.

      Here are several positive reviews from Yelp:


      1. Taste of Peru is very good, the chicken is the best I've had. But, overall the food was pretty good. It is also very small and cramped as a result. A better Peruvian option is Ay Ay Picante on Elston Ave. Amazing ceviche, steaks, everything....It also has a nice outdoor patio area in the back along with plenty of seating up front. Also, it's BYOB! Ay Ay Picante. You won't regret it.

        Ay Ay Picante

        4569 North Elston Avenue

        Chicago, IL 60630

        Taste of Peru
        6545 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60626

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        1. re: reneruedas1

          Second the Ay Ay rec. Try the ceviche, chicken aji de gallina, and any fish that looks interesting to you. Beef dishes are Ok, pasta is boring.