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El Rocoto

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11433 South Street Los Angeles, CA 90703 (562) 924-1919


Best Authentic Peruvian Food, August 2012

Peru's cuisine has joined the mainstream, but it's hard to tell what's a classic dish and what's a trendy spin-off without knowing the original. At El Rocoto, Inca-worthy recipes use traditional tubers, Andean grains, and the fragrant lúcuma fruit, while standards including ceviche, lomo saltado, and papas huancaina are artfully executed. Run by a Chinese Peruvian expat, the strip mall storefront also offers a chifa menu, featuring Andean-Cantonese treasures such as sopa wantan especial, or wonton soup. The only staples missing are guinea pig and llama—we're OK with that, for now. » 1356 W. Artesia Blvd., Gardena. Also at 11433 South St., Cerritos

South American
Mon.-Thurs. 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sun. 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.