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Typical and exotic food in/around Cusco
In Cusco you find a wide selection of international and local dishes.
Around the Plaza de Armas you find easily what ever taste you feel,
from steak to italian, from chicken to pizza and so on.
If you look a bit closer however you find some really typical local specialities.
Often a little bit offside some resaurants are grouped together and all of them provide
an excellent local dish. And thats what we like to show you.
Chicharron (Pork Cracklings) in Saylla
After a 30 min drive in the direction to Puno you find a small village
named Saylla. There is a group of restaurants which serve chicharron (soles).
Chicharron are cubes of fried porc. It will be served with potatoes and onions and a spicy
green paste. Just go there by taxi (soles), select the restaurant you like most and enjoy.
Cuyes (Guinea pig) in Tipon
A few minutes more along the same road is the small village of Tipon.
It's famous for Guinea pics (soles) which are called Cuyes in Cusco.
You can see them roasting in the pizza-type oven before order one.
It's a good idea to ask the taxi driver to bring you there,
wait for you and bring you back afterwards (soles), because otherwise
the way back can get a bit difficult.
Lechon () in Huarocondo
On the way to Urubamba via Chinchero there is a small village
named Huarocondo. The restaurants there serve an excellent
baby pic (soles), the local name is lechon.
It's 20 min by taxi (soles).
Caldo de Gallina (Chicken Soup) in Poroy
On the way to Urubamba via Chinchero there is the small village of Poroy. There are some
restaurants that serve an excellent chicken soup (8 soles).
Poroy is just a 15 min drive from Cusco by Taxi (10 soles).
Adobo in Street Ayacucho
A soup with pieces of pork, but with a very typical taste.
You can get it in small restaurants, my favorite is
Pieces of fish or seafood just cooked by the acid of a lot of
lemon juice. It is served with sweet potato, normal potato,
corn, onion and served over a leaf of salad.
Normally you eat it before lunch. With it's special taste
you really have to try it.
Typical Restaurants in Cusco
Restaurante Quinta Eulalia
Choquechaca 384 - Telèfono 241380
Once you enter through the old entrance you find a restaurant on various
levels. It's popular with locals and fits well for bigger groups. The interieur
is quite simple. They provide typical dishes for about 15-20 soles that are always
fresh made. This is also the reason why you have to wait a bit and sometimes
some stuff is not available.
Picanteria la Chomba
This place looks a bit dark. It's busy with the lower end of the working class.
You shouldn't be too keen for cleanlyness, but you get full plates
and it's definitely a interresting experiance.
By taxi (soles) it takes about 10 minutes to get there. In this place you get the
best seafood and fish and also the greatest selection in Cusco. If you like
this kind of food this is your choice.
Restaurant Polleria Etapoy
Av. de la Cultura C-17 Sta Mònica - Telèfono 243899
They have attractions for kids, so you can complete your meal
without the usual disturbances. The food is ok.
Pollerìa Los Toldos
Calle Almagro 171 - Telèfono 229829
You get salad from the buffet and juicy chicken. Because of the
big oven it has a comfortable temperature. Beware of the sangia which
is awful and causes headache, take a beer instead.
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