They call themselves “Chicago’s Best Kept Secret” and I’d say so! Dinner this evening at Taste of Peru (6545 N. Clark Street) really hit the spot–Peruvian comfort food on a frigid winter evening. This storefront hole in the wall was hoppin’ on a Sunday night. The staff was friendly and you could tell it’s a real family affair. We started with a tasty tamale, to accompany the jalapeno sauce that comes to each table with french bread. The sauce was outstanding; just spicy-warm enough to linger without melting your head off. We split an order of chicken with peanut sauce and a side of plantains. Everything was lick-the-plate good; the chicken was tender and came right off the bone.
Prices were extremely reasonable. There’s live music Thursday through Saturday. We lucked out, the guitar player was there on a Sunday; an older gentleman in a snazzy fedora, doing a great job with a medley of decidedly un-Brazilian tunes–rock hits from the ’70s. A couple at the next table was having the seafood paella which looked great, so we’re already planning a return visit. It’s BYOB too, which always helps to save on the tab.