Where should you eat in Cusco? There are dozens of restaurants that line the streets around the city center. Most have the same menu that cater to tourists. You’ll find hamburgers, pizza, and Chinese food. You’ll also find a lot of Mexican food and, of course, Peruvian food. I tried out a couple of restaurants randomly and found the food to be pretty good at the first and fantastic at the second restaurant.
I stumbled upon Tabasco, a restaurant with the name of one of my favorite hot sauces
. It specialized in Peruvian and Mexican cuisine. Right away, I knew I had to try the alpaca burrito. I also wanted to taste the guinea pig and the corn soup. Hungry, I added an order of guacamole. Thirsty, I ordered two local cervezas.
Alpaca tastes like church. Guinea pig tastes like chicken. Cerveza tastes like beer.
Trout ceviche is a famous appetizer in Peru and pisco sour is a famous drink. There also is an abundance of wood fire pizza being served. Why not order it all?
I had a pisco sour on the train to Machu Picchu and didn’t like it. I thought it might be an acquired taste so I had two more at the restaurant. I still don’t like it. On the other hand, the ceviche lived up to the hype, and the pizza was not meh. The nachos were some of the best I’ve ever had.
There’s plenty of places to eat in Cusco that won’t break the budget. I didn’t bother doing any research ahead of time but was happy with my choices.