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When you think of Peruvian food you usually think of ceviche or Lomo Saltado. Or maybe you never think of Peruvian food, in which case you, sir, are a racist.

Well, ceviche and Lomo Saltado are exactly what we ordered tonight (because we’re not racists).

We chose the fish ceviche since I can’t consume shellfish and it was really tasty. The sauce was nice and tart and the bits of celery and red onion nicely complimented the ample portion of very fresh white fish.

Lomo Saltado is steak stir fried with onions, tomatoes and French fries. With a side of rice. Peruvians love their carbs. (Oops, was that racist?)

Sometimes the dish is done poorly and the steak is tough and the fries are soggy. Not at Mario’s.

Steak was tender and juicy and the fries were perfectly soaked in the beefy flavor while still maintaining their shape. The fries are never going to be fully crispy, that’s just not how it’s done.

In fact, at Mario’s, this dish is 85% French fries and I thoroughly approve of that ratio.

Portions at the super casual Mario’s (located in Hancock Park-ish) are ginormous, so just plan on finishing half and taking the rest home. But be prepared for the disappointed looks from your waitress.

“You’re done??” she asked in disbelief. I felt awful so threw out some “had a big lunch” lie and went on my way. Head hung in shame.

But at least I’m not a racist.

5786 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 466-4181



Ceviche de Pescado

Ceviche de Pescado

Lomo Saltado -

Lomo Saltado –

This Lomo Saltado is 75% French fries and that's a good thing.

This Lomo Saltado is 75% French fries and that’s a good thing.

Spicy Aji sauce - good for pouring over...everything.

Spicy Aji sauce – good for pouring over…everything.