Posted by: Staff | 11.09.2009

Boston’s Treasured Peruvian Restaurant

KIRSTEN GUTE ’11

As my dad and I walked out the front steps of our house, the chilled fall air smacked us in the face. I could tell this was going to be a long walk, but my dad promised it would be worth it once we got to the restaurant of his choice: Don Ricardo’s. We walked and walked, and we finally reached our destination on a tiny, desolate street with a small community of houses bunched together as tight as possible. Don Ricardo’s is a small Peruvian restaurant I had never heard of before. However, it was apparently one of the best in Boston: a hidden treasure.

We opened the door as the small bell above us made a soft ring. The smells of spices and warm tortilla chips surrounded us, and we knew we were going to have a great meal. The décor was nothing special, verging on tacky. The warm, comforting feel of the restaurant shined through as the jolly owner came over to our table and quickly asked us how we were and what he could get us. We ordered the guacamole to start and waited anxiously to begin. The lime green avocado mixed with snow onions and fiery peppers made their way out the kitchen door and into our bellies sooner than we could have imagined. The smooth guacamole nearly melted in my mouth, and the crunch of the chip was a perfect balance. I could not wait for my enchilada.

As we waited for the rest of our food, we realized this was the perfect type of restaurant. It was a big enough space (although on a Tuesday night not very many people were there) and yet enclosed enough to feel like we had our own space. It was quiet with soft music playing in the background accompanying us throughout our meal. It was perfect for conversation, and the food was even better.

My enchilada arrived and was so big I was worried about finishing it, which in the end I didn’t but it was delicious none the less. I’m not a huge fan of spicy foods, and this was the perfect thing to order. It had the hint of spice yet didn’t attack your mouth, so you couldn’t taste anything else. The cheese on top was perfectly melted, and the rice was so soft and airy. It was the perfect combination. It was extremely filling and completely worth it. As for dessert it was one that surprised us both: flan. Some of the best I ever had in an unexpected restaurant. It was the perfect texture, and its sweetness was not too over powering.

As we prepared to leave, we were almost too filled with all the delicious food to even get up. We paid our bill and gratefully said goodbye to the couple who owned this treasure of a restaurant. We stepped out into the wintery weather and knew our bellies were all set for the next few days.

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Responses

  1. Kirsten, do you have an address and website for this restaurant? It sounds great….I want to go but don’t know where it is. I googled an address. Is this the right one?

    Don Ricardo’s Restaurant
    http://www.donricardorestaurant.com

    57 W Dedham St
    Boston, MA 02118
    (617) 247-9249


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