El Tio Mario


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El Tio Mario

One of the most traditional foods in Peru is called anticuchos, skewers of grilled meat – usually beef heart – marinated in vinegar and spices. El Tio Mario in Barranco is known for serving probably the best ones in town. Step inside this anticuchos temple overlooking the Bridge of Sighs and treat yourself to a portion of these tender and flavorful delights. Just remember to save some room for a couple of crispy picarones, the Peruvian version of a doughnut made with squash and sweet potato and covered in spiced syrup.


Stretching from the Andean Mountains to the Amazonian jungle to the fresh waters of the Pacific, the Peruvian cuisine is a true reflection of the country's incredible biodiversity. Lima, as the center of it all, presents you with a top-notch gastronomic experience. Known as the “Gastronomy Capital of Latin America," this city is a genuine culinary hot spot. From tiny holes-in-the-wall to three restaurants on the list of the world's best, food here is a serious matter. At the forefront is the good old ceviche, the country's national dish. Also worth trying is the lomo saltado (stir-fried beef), anticuchos de corazón (skewers of grilled hearts), and the ají de gallina (spicy chicken stew), this apart from the popular fusion cuisines Nikkei and Chifa. Discover the top restaurants in Lima, Peru: