Upper Left: Ceviche Mixto
Finally, real ceviche in Providence at this mecca or South American food!
This is not the sweet 'pseudo-ceviche' that the imposters try to pass off as the real thing - this is the real thing.
Containing mussels, tiny clams, squid rings and tentacles, and topped with onions, a solitary shrimp, and fried hominy kernels (think of a softer version of Corn Nuts!), this is always a winner. This version had chunks of what seemed like swordfish as well.
Upper Right: Anticuchos de Corazon
Skewered beef hearts over potatoes in a creamy green sauce. Yum!
I'd had chicken hearts before and remain a huge fan. These are similar in texture but with a bit more substance and bite. They possess a wonderful chewiness yet they are not tough or gamey by any means - very clean and tender. Delicious!
Lower Left: Sirloin Cap Special
Special last Sunday at Los Andes, with some kind of mustard marinade...it was quite acidic (which I love) and we could taste the mustard even though we couldn't see it!
This was so tender and richly delicious!
Lower Right: Picante Mixto
Chicken and beef tongue with pureed aji rojo, onions, and peppers.
Oh my god, was this good! The tongue, which I'd not before tasted, was oh so much more tender than I'd ever imagined it could be. The chicken was falling off the bone tender, and the sauce - perfectly balanced with peppery goodness. I will get this again. Best part? It's only around $10!
I'm almost hesitant to post this as it's one of those situations where you wonder what the impact of 'letting the word out' will be, and try to balance that with helping bring in more business and new customers who may have not had the pleasure of Peruvian/ South American food!
The place seems to have a steady stream of regulars. We have been twice, each time on an early afternoon weekend day. The place was full of families and very welcoming and relaxed. I think we were the only white people there - everyone else was speaking Spanish. I loved that about the place - adds to the authenticity.
Los Andes is BYOB; they will be getting a liquor license July 20th but you'll still be welcome to bring your own bottle, we were told.
903 Chalkstone Avenue
Providence, RI 02908