There’s a reason why “What’s your favorite type of food?” is such a popular question. Unless it’s just us, we’re constantly discovering new flavors from far off places that make their way up the top of the list. Mexican, Italian, Japanese…there’s just so many options! We’re here to make the case for Peruvian. The deeply comforting and refreshing culinary standards have burst onto the industry radar hard in recent years and we’re not complaining. Whether you’re addicted to Ceviche or have a constant huancaina craving, here are some of our favorites around town:
These are the places that everyone knows and loves, and with good reason. Dr. Limon is a highly celebrated concept founded and expanded locally, with no less than a 4.5-rating at every location. If you’re looking for big portions and authentic menus, Sabor a Peru churns out heavy meals to the Edgewater area, although we suggest takeout or delivery if you don’t want to wait. There’s a reason CVI.CHE 105 is so beloved by locals; their jam-packed, mouth-watering menu rarely disappoints. Although we haven’t been ourselves, Ceviches by Divino caught our eye with its 5-star Yelp rating with over 300 reviews.
North Miami Beach is home to some of Miami’s most authentic eats from around the world. Including and not limited to, Aji Carbon, a snug spot serving both classic and modern iterations of everyone’s favorite Peruvian dishes. Pisco Y Nazca is one of Miami’s highest rated Peruvian outposts and its all the way in Doral. Not only are their portions phenomenal, but the space is colorful, bustling, and full of life–just like the home country itself. Out in Town & Country is another Peruvian gem, La Perla, which came highly recommended by our readers, and whose solid reputation is emphasized by its low-key atmosphere.
Photo: Dining Out of Pisco y Nazca
The Asian influence that can be found on many Peruvian menus isn’t a joke, and there’s a reason the flavors blend together so perfectly. Mr. & Mrs. Bun in West Kendall is a Miami local favorite and has been comforting our souls with their stellar sandwich for years. Down in Brickell where things get a little more sleek, 1111 Peruvian Bistro boasts a lively atmosphere with delicious eats. Our absolute favorite spot is Itamae, the Nikkei-inspired outpost inside St. Roch Market that has some of the best rolls and most creative items in town.
While we’ve covered upscale, creative, and everyday favorites, it’s time to spotlight those favorites that we love to love every item on their menus. A Prism staple, Locura Marina is one of those unassuming eateries along the beach that wouldn’t usually draw you in, but their traditional ceviche and grilled seafood platter are seriously life-changing. El Gran Inka is another Miami go-to with their colorful takes on typical dishes in each of their two locations. For the lucky people in Coral Gables, Kendall, and West Miami, Aromas Del Peru hits the spot every time.
Photo: Aromas Del Peru by Miami New Times