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Mario’s Peruvian & Seafood Restaurant

After trying and loving San Francisco’s Mi Lindo Peru, I thought I’d give Peruvian food another shot on a trip back home for the holidays at Mario’s in Hollywood. If you had to judge a restaurant on price/performance ratios, Mario’s would be one of the leaders. The food is cheap, hearty and filling, and more importantly, it’s delicious.

It’s no secret that I like fried eggs. I like it on my fried rice, it’s essential for loco moco, it’s great on a hamburger, and it was also one the stars of my wife’s latest concoctions, the B.E.P. Fried eggs also take a classic dish like Lomo Saltado (marinated steak grilled with tomatoes and onions and topped with french fries) and makes it even better.

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It’s not on the menu, but when I asked for eggs on my Lomo Saltado, the waitress said, “Oh, you want Lomo Montado.” It’s a simple modification and they were happy to make me a plate…with egg yolks oozing all over the rice, french fries and strips of grilled steak, tomatoes and onions.

The other dishes we ordered, my wife’s fried Pescado a la Chorillana and a friend’s Saltado de Mariscos, were also excellent, but obviously, I was preoccupied with my order. I washed it all down with an Inka Cola, a popular Peruvian soda that looks like liquid gold and tastes like bubble gum.

So next time you’re eating Peruvian Food, remember this formula:

Lomo Saltado + Fried Eggs = Lomo Montado


Lomo Montado = happiness.

Mario’s Peruvian & Seafood Restaurant
5786 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038 map

2 replies on “Mario’s Peruvian & Seafood Restaurant”

Mario’s also opened a new location in La Mirada
15720 Imperial Hwy, La Mirada, CA 90638.
The best part is that Mario, himself, is the head chef, so you will not be disappointed. Additionally, the restaurant is spacious, so there’s no long lines as there are in the Hollywood location.
My personal favorite is the Mar y Tierra/Surf & Turf (Lomo y Camarrones Saltados/Steak and Shrimp)…don’t look for it on the menu, because it’s not in there.
Ah just thinking of Mario’s is making my mouth water!!!

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