I was in Jesus Maria today visiting with my wife and discovered a Taco Stand on the street on Av. Salaverry a few minutes from downtown (av. tacna – plaza vea area). It is a small stand with a huge neon sign you cannot miss it. They charge s./ 10 to s./13 for Tacos made fresh while you wait. Quite different from “Street Tacos” in Mexico but Tacos in Peru none the less. I just shook my head in disbelief. They also serve sandwiches for about s./5 . The Peruvian taco stand sells pollo, chicken, carne, beef, chorizo, sausage, and Puerco. I did not sample any but did witness them being made although I would like to point out that all of the Peruvians were eating sandwiches, that made me laugh. The tacos at Mr. Taco come on a pre made large flour tortilla and are served with sauteed onion. They looked ok but I did not try as they seemed pricey for what you got and we had already eaten.
Food on the streets of Lima Peru is a little different after dark. During the daytime Cebiche reigns supreme. At night its all about the Hamburguesa en la calle. A wide array of sandwich stands open afterdark some staying open until the late hours of the morning serving up hot food. Everything from fried chicken sandwiches a la mcd’s except with fries inside and all the aji cremas you can take. Salchipapa is a family favorite it consists of hot dog or chorizo chopped up with fries and aji sauce. Regular beef burgers can be had as well however I sometimes worry that they might not really be beef so see them before you order. Our local stands in Rimac charge between 2 and 3 soles for a nice sized sandwich usually atleast twice the size of any mcdonalds burger off of the dollar menu. I cannot do without crema de aji amarillo it is just my favorite thing ever and goes with everything you can possibly order. As usual look for the places that the local crowd enjoys and you will surely find a good late night place to get some food.