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Fresh from the Andes
While I've never been to Peru, I do find it convenient having a restaurant importing the flavors of that country so seamlessly into the competitive PDX culinary market. Andina has withstood the test of time with its sustainable menu and creative presentation of what would normally be standard fare on the streets of Lima. The flavors fly past the Mexican mundane and deliver unique and, from what I hear from Peruvians, authentic dishes. This is another Portland haunt where I find myself drawn to the bar. The energy and service are electric. People watching abounds. And you're that much closer to the extensive selection of libations. The one drawback is the beer selection, but this food is more deserving of a full-bodied Cab or Pinot. The tapas can be the beginning of the journey or the destination itself. Try the stuffed peppers and potato torta then meander from there. The main dishes vary with the season and there is always a great fish and lamb choice. The quinoa rissotto should be ordered as a side and shared with everyone at the table. There is music on the weekends in the bar making it a bit loud. My friend Roddy, who lived in Chile for five years, and I tried to close the place down one evening after a particularly long day of shooting interviews for NBC. We kinda overstepped our per diem that night, but it was well worth the added expense.
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1314 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209, USA
+1 503-228-9535
Sun - Sat 11:30am - 2:30pm, 4pm - 11pm
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