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Restaurants in Peru

Restaurants in Peru primarily serve local cuisine but because of the country’s varied climate, traditional dishes change dramatically from region to region.

Peruvian restaurants located along the coast tend to serve seafood (visitors shouldn’t leave without sampling ceviche, raw fish marinated in citrus juices, typically lemon or lime). In the interior, dishes with a rice and meat base (either chicken, pork, sheep or beef) are common, including Aji de gallina (pulled chicken served in thick, cheesy sauce layered over sliced potatoes) and Causa (tuna or chicken salad studded with hot peppers mixed between layers of mashed potatoes).

Visitors traveling to Lima, Peru’s capital, should stop by El Rincón Que no Conoces. Considered to be one of the best restaurants in Peru for traditional fare, El Rincon Que no Conoces serves up hearty local dishes including cordero al seco, a popular lamb dish, and pícarone, a dessert consisting of pumpkin pastry and molasses dip. In general, visitors will find that most traditional Peruvian restaurants take their dessert -- often made from a base of sweetened rice or potato -- very seriously.

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