I am planning to travel to Peru, and one of the things that I do like to do every place I visit is to try out the local dishes like: Cozido das Furnas on Azores. I would like to know what are some of the local dishes in Peru and where are the best places to try them?
I too am like you and hunted out the local foods while I was there. Here are some of my highlights:
Actually, come to think of it, if you're going to Lima, there's a good chance you're staying in the Miraflores area. Lots of hostels there. Ask where the mall is on the cliff overlooking the ocean. It has a cinema, bowling alley etc. However, there's a local Peruvian buffet restaurant there, which lets you try all sorts of different Peruvian foods. A local friend took me there and it was fantastic!
Also have a read of what Wikitravel has to say about Peruvian food - some good ideas there!
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It is a near-guarantee that you will eat several doses of lomo saltado while traveling in Peru. The dish features sauteed sirloin, some stir-fried vegetables, white rice, and lightly fried potatoes. The dish is ubiquitous in Peru, usually well-prepared, and quite cheap. You should be able to feast on some lomo saltado wherever your travels take you in beautiful Peru.
Let me detail you some of the food you can find here.
And i could go on with many dishes like carapulcra, rocoto relleno, caldo de cabeza, papa a la huancaina, seco de cabrito, etc.
if you want to try most of these dishes at once you should ask in the hotel reception for where you can find a "Buffet Criollo". If i can suggest you a site there is a restaurant in Larcomar in front of the Marriot Hotel.
Restaurants: (I will add more later...)
Note: As for drinks i strongly suggest Pisco Sour. Don't get too many this drink is really tricky you can get drunk really fast ;)