Eating With The Locals


Peruvian Lomo Saltado

I am always preaching to eat and travel with the locals.  After all, it’s their country and they should know how best to live in it.  But we’re often tempted to try and replicate an American (meaning the United States) meal at some wannabe gringo restaurant.  For the most part it’s a costly exercise in futility.

Why even try when you have traditional dishes like this to choose from?  Lomo Saltado: sliced steak, stir-fried with red onions, tomatoes, yellow Peruvian chiles, soy sauce, vinegar and cilantro.  Served with white rice and french fries.  This is what we had for dinner tonight, just up the street, with not a gringo in sight (only locals)

They were thrilled we stopped in, and were all super friendly and courteous.  Service was quick and within just minutes of arrival we were diving into this delicious traditional dish (it’s served everywhere). The cost you ask?  Well the cost was:  5-soles or $1.43 USD.  Eat at a tourist restaurant and you will pay 6-times as much (25 to 30-soles is the going rate for an entrée in most tourist eateries).  Eat local and you will eat good (very good) and CHEAP


Stephen F. Dennstedt

Photographer, Writer and World Traveler

Huaraz, Peru


2 responses to “Eating With The Locals

  1. Looks delicious and for the most part – healthy. I need to learn how to prepare these inexpensive dinners: would allow us more travel dollars!

    • God only knows what it would cost in the States to make. You couldn’t even buy the ingredients for $1.43 USD. Joel and I eat REALLY well for just a few dollars a day for the most part. But I agree, it’s time for you guys to get back on the road. Peru is awesome. 🙂

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