Walking back toward the Plaza de Armas, I perused menus on the street for a wide variety of eateries--many of which I was hesitant to enter. Of course, as you get within a block of the touristy Plaza de Armas, you find the ubiquitous KFC, Burger King, Pizza Hut, McDonalds, and Starbucks. Those were way off my list of places to eat!
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passers-by to come in and try the selections.
(El Perejil means "The Parsley.")
Here's the menu. Choose one from Entradas, one from Secundos. My nice waiter, Leo, explained the selections as well as he could, given that I understand so little Spanish, and he smiled when I told him that I make tamales. (I am anxious to try the Peruvian style tamales.)
I chose the palta relleno (stuffed avocado salad). (I know aguacate is avocado in Spanish, but in Peru, they call them paltas. It was tempting to get the tamal, but I'll do that next time, for sure. This turned out to be a kind of chicken salad with peas on top of the avocado with a side of corn nuts. In the background is the included refesco (soft drink), which was actually chica morada, a special Peruvian non-alcoholic drink made with purple maiz. You can find a recipe for it here.
Second course was pollo a la plancha (grilled chicken) and it came with papas (potatoes) and arroz (rice). It is not uncommon to find both of these starches on the plate here.
I had had plenty to eat, but just as I finished my last bite, Leo brought me a small postre (dessert) of sliced bananas. Perfect!
The bill? 8 soles or about $2.80--including tax and no tip. (You don't customarily tip in restaurants in Peru.) As my Dad used to say, "You can't beat that with a stick!" Come to think about it, Daddy would have really appreciated that meal and the price tag!
In case you are ever in Arequipa, El Parejil is just blocks from the Plaza de Armas on Mercaderes between Calle Rivero and Calle Peral. Just look for the smiling young woman out front!