A national dish with a strong identity provides expatriates with a taste of home without the feeling of guilt that accompanies eating the national flag. Pay tribute to countrywide noshes with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Peruvian fusion tapas and dinner cuisine at Piqueo's.
Hailing from Peru and praised by the New York Times, Piqueo's head chef, Carlos Altamirano, draws from years of training under San Francisco's finest fare artisans to craft a contemporary menu of tapas and authentic Peruvian entrees. Limber up beginner bellies and professional plate-throwing arms with small plates, including the humita dulce, a sweet-corn tamal dusted with queso fresco and smothered in mole peruano ($12). Take an oceanic tour with the cebiche mixto, brimming with red snapper, mussels, clams, and shrimp steeped in Peru's gastronomic calling card, the zesty leche de tigre marinade ($16). The duck paella puts on a culinary production starring chorizo and corn outfitted in cilantro-beer base ($22) and an oversized stetson.
House-made sangria ($8/glass) brings wine enthusiasts and fruit-salad connoisseurs together amid Piqueo's chic, simple place settings, gleaming between lush greenery, vibrant lime and orange walls, and Machu Picchu's prized serving tongs.
830 Cortland Ave.
San Francisco , California 94110