The National Restaurant Association identified Peruvian food as one of the top global flavors in 2019, and the bar for ceviches and lomo saltados continues to rise across the greater Washington area.
Recent arrivals like the turquoise-tinged Pisco y Nazca in Dupont Circle and whimsically appointed Inca Social next to the Dunn-Loring Metro have enhanced the area’s Peruvian footprint, which runs from casual takeout spots to fancier mainstays like China Chilcano. More options are en route. The popular Peruvian Brothers food truck will open a standalone stall soon inside Northeast Latin food hall La Cosecha. The owners of Shaw’s Service Bar are bringing an upscale place called Causa to Blagden Alley next year.
The Peruvian eateries on this list go beyond rotisserie chicken, which has its own map, serving items that showcase Peru’s diversity. Stir fries with soy sauce or sashimi highlight Chinese and Japanese influences. The varied climate and topography — mountains, sea, jungle, and desert — produces everything from seafood to thousands of types of potatoes to various seasoned meats. Naturally, all of these spots produce a good pisco sour, and many serve Inca Cola.Read More