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Peruvian restaurant to open Downtown

Written by Gretchen McKay on

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Last year about this time, we were predicting Peruvian cuisine as one of the hot culinary trends of 2012.

It took a while, but it looks like we were actually on to something.

AJ's Inca Peruvian Restaurant opens this week at 500 Liberty Ave., in the space tucked between Wendy's and McDonald's that once was occupied by Cuzamil.

Along with Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken ($6.99 for a quarter bird with two sides, or $9.99 for half and $18.49 for the whole thing), the eatery will dish up a variety of Peruvian entrees, sides, desserts and juices. inca menu

Peruvian food, if you're not familiar, is one of your more multicultural cuisines, with influences from Incan, Spanish, African, Chinese and Italian cooking. It features a lot of seafood, along with the fruity aji pepper. 

AJs, where you can dine in or out, also will offer several Mexican dishes (tacos, burritos, quesadillas) and vegetarian fare, including Arroz a la Cubana, a tasty mixture of Peruvian rice, fried eggs and sweet plantain fries. 

Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and noon to 8 p.m. Sat. (412-642-6606).

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