The Best Peruvian Restaurants in Atlanta

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“I’m originally from Miami, where we have a strong Peruvian community and can find dishes like chaufa de pollo and lomo saltado at various locations and at different prices throughout the city. Can you tell me where to find good Peruvian food in Atlanta? »

J.F.

With Atlanta’s diverse Latin American food scene, restaurants here often serve a number of Peruvian dishes on menus alongside foods from other neighboring countries like Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela. However, few restaurants in Atlanta focus solely on Peruvian cuisine.

Located on the west coast of South America on the Pacific Ocean, Peru is home to historic colonial-era resorts and towns nestled into rocky coastlines and sand dunes in parts of the Amazon rainforest and mountainous regions of the Andes containing ancient Inca ruins. The country’s vast and varied topography and rich history are reflected in both Peruvian culture and its cuisine. Peruvian cuisine is a melting pot of foods, blending the country’s deep Inca roots with dishes, spices and ingredients from people who immigrated to Peru long ago from the African continent, France, Spain and even Japan. Corn, potatoes, beans, rice and quinoa are the staples of Peruvian cuisine, with fish, beef, pork and chicken helping to create a mix of cold and hot dishes.

Spicy ceviche marinated in lime and potato terrines (causa) covered with avocado, peppers and shrimps with chaufa (Peruvian fried rice), lomo saltado (sirloin sautéed with fries, tomatoes and onions) and roast chicken cooked over hardwoods, consider these five Peruvian restaurants around Atlanta.

Las Brasa — Decatur

The chickens are cooked on hardwood and seasoned with huacatay, an herb that tastes like tarragon and basil with a hint of citrus.
Las Brasa

Folks will find a number of traditional dishes on the menu at this Decatur staple, but it’s the Peruvian-style roast chicken here that the restaurant is best known for. The chickens are cooked on hardwood and seasoned with huacatay, a minty herb reminiscent of tarragon and basil with hints of citrus. The birds are served in whole half portions with heaps of pisco fries from the restaurant. Las Brasas also offers Peruvian ceviches, shrimp causa, Peruvian stir-fry dishes, such as lomo saltado with pisco fries, and chaufas, including fried rice mixed with Spanish octopus, calamari, shrimp and plaice. Be sure to try the lamb empanadas filled with spiced ground lamb, herbs and chimichurri.

Restaurant Machu Picchu —Brookhaven

Lomo saltado from the Machu Picchu restaurant in Brookhaven, GA.

Lomo saltado.
Rafael Ponce de Leon

One of Atlanta’s first Peruvian restaurants, Machu Picchu on Buford Highway scared people a few years ago when it closed in Northeast Plaza. Now located a mile south of Sun Tan Plaza in Brookhaven, the restaurant is once again serving Peruvian ceviches, hearty plates of lomo saltado and other traditional dishes, including tallarines a la huancaina con bistec (linguine and grilled steak in a huancaina sauce), arroz con pollo and carapulcra (Peruvian stew of pork and potatoes). Order mazamorra morada for dessert, a Peruvian purple corn pudding and a combination of mashed fruits, like apples, pineapple and cherries. It’s served hot.

Sabor Inca —Lawrenceville

Parihuela, spicy Peruvian seafood soup similar in style but not in flavor to French bouillabaisse at Sabor Inka in Lawrenceville, GA.

Parihuela, spicy Peruvian seafood soup similar in style but not in flavor to French bouillabaisse.
Sabor Inca

Located in the Safeway Plaza on Pleasant Hill Road, Sabor Inka has become a gathering place for Metro Atlanta’s Peruvian community who come here to eat family meals, drink and catch a football game or two throughout the week. A family-run restaurant, Sabor Inka specializes in dishes from the northern Peruvian port city of Chimbote and the surrounding region, paired with generations-old family recipes. The menu includes many traditional Peruvian dishes, but it is the seafood dishes that take center stage at this restaurant. Try the ceviche de pescado (white fish marinated in lime juice with red onions and cilantro), the sudado de pescado (sea bass fillet cooked in tomato sauce) or the hearty parihuela seafood soup, similar style, but no flavor, to French Bouillabaisse. Order leche asada for dessert (baked milk cream).

The Freakin IncaRoswell

Lomo saltado with red wine and an IPA of Creature Comfort Beer from The Freakin Incan in Roswell, GA.

Lomo saltado.
The Freakin Inca

Two pewter plates of tallarin saltado paired with vegetables, shrimp, squid and mussels from The Freakin Incan in Roswell, GA.

Saltado of Tallarin.
The Freakin Inca

For residents of Roswell, the Freakin Inca has been the spot for pisco cocktails paired with Peruvian street food, ceviches and plates of lomo and tallarin saltado, bowls of seco de res (beef stew with cilantro) and plates of roast chicken. A lively restaurant, especially on weekends, order a pisco sour to start here, followed by papa la huancaina (sautéed potatoes in a spicy aji amarillo sauce) or yucca fries. Then, dive into a delicate little tower of causa de cameron topped with yellow chilies, shrimp and avocado drizzled with aji sauce and one of the restaurant’s saltados for dinner. Finish with an order of alfajores (dulce de leche sandwiched between two shortbread cookies.)

The Chingana —Atlanta

Arroz con pato, a main course of braised duck leg, confit fried leg, salsa criolla and huancaina sauce from Atlanta La Chingana Peruvian pop-up

Arroz con pato or braised duck leg, confit fried leg, salsa criolla and huancaina sauce.
Kris Martins

This Peruvian pop-up from former Minero chef Arnaldo Castillo is one to watch (and attend.) For Castillo, La Chingana tells his personal story as a Peruvian and as a chef through traditional dishes from Lima and the north from Peru and the original dishes he creates for the pop-up in Atlanta restaurants. Expect a multi-course tasting menu from Castillo with a rotating range of dishes including ceviche clasico, jamon del país sandwiches and causa limeña. Castillo hopes to turn his popular pop-up into a full-service restaurant, which he can pass on to future generations of his own family. Follow on Instagram for dates and pop-up events.

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