Peruvian food has never really been on my radar, but when my friend told me that her brother in law owned Mi Lindo Peru, I was definitely interested in giving it a try. I really had no idea that Mi Lindo Peru was getting rave reviews on Yelp.
For starters, we ordered the Empanada de Carne, which was really good, but the Chicharron Al Ajo was great. Chicken wings are marinated in garlic and then fried and tossed with more garlic and served with a garlicky dipping sauce. Yeah, it’s a lot of garlic, but it’s not as strong as you might expect and it was an absolutely delicious appetizer. We also ordered some fried plantains that were beautiful and brown and caramelized all over.
For our entrees, I ordered the Bistek a la Pobre, a top sirloin steak that’s sauteed w/ onions and tomatoes and then topped with a fried plantain and a perfect fried egg on a bed of fragrant rice. My wife ordered the Pollo Oregano, a half chicken roasted in oregano and served with the same delicious rice. It was really good and we ended up using the leftovers in some fried rice we made the next day. Soo Jin ordered a bistek dish similar to mine sans plantain and fried egg, which she loved. This is comfort food at its finest. Their sangria is also excellent.
Mi Lindo Peru is a great place to eat and the prices are reasonable. It’s a small neighborhood restaurant with a laidback vibe and if I lived in San Francisco, I’d definitely go there more often. It’s only about a 5 minute walk from the 24th Street BART station, so if I ever need a fix, at least I won’t have to worry about parking.
Mi Lindo Peru
3226 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110 map
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