It's a given that, when we take Big Red to be serviced at the dealership, we eat at Mamita's Peruvian Restaurant (714 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale, (818) 243-5121) while we wait. We've gone enough times that we've developed favorite dishes. Even so, I figured I'd take some photos since I had my good camera with me.
Clockwise: aji sauce, maracuya (passion fruit juice), Kola Inglesa, chicha morada (purple corn drink spiced with cinnamon, clove, pineapple, and sweet pepper).
Ensalada de calamares ($10.95). Nice and tangy. The calamari was fresh with a good snap, but the dish wasn't my favorite. Not my order, and I wouldn't order it again if I had the choice.
Chicharron de pescado ($10.95). Crunchy golden fish bites? With criolla salsa? Yes, please! Even Little Monkey Niece gobbled these up. We told her they were chicken nuggets. It's easy to trick three-year-olds.
Tallarin de camaron y carne ($13.95). This stir-fried spaghetti with shrimp, beef, onions, and tomatoes was very Chinese-like. Yummers.
Mojarra frita ($11.95). I love whole fried tilapia! This guy looked straight at me and said, "I'm effing delicious!" A very self-aware fish.
By the time we left, the place was completely packed.
And with good reason.