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Lomo saltado ($20), a traditional Peruvian dish at Taita. See also: Behind the scenes at Taita
Mark Manger
Lomo saltado ($20), a traditional Peruvian dish at Taita. See also: Behind the scenes at Taita
Orgia de mariscos. See also: Behind the scenes at Taita
Mark Manger
Orgia de mariscos. See also: Behind the scenes at Taita

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Taita
Solterito arequipeno $11
Tamal criollo $7
Papa rellena $8
Coctel de camarones hecho causa $12
Ceviche clasico $16
Quinoa, corn and pinto bean salad $12
Lomo saltado $20
Aji de gallina $15
Sudado de pescado $16
1521 Marion Street
720-708-6486
Hours: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday

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Unfortunately, the lengthy menu doesn't do as good a job of describing the solterito arequipeno, and neither do servers, whose allegiance lies with the fried mashed potatoes and marinated fish. The refreshing salad, with cubes of queso fresco, fava beans and corn in a bright lime dressing, is a staple at bachelor parties in Peru, and who can resist something with such happy associations? Taken together, these lesser-known dishes tell stories more colorful than any travel guide. And isn't traveling, either by armchair or restaurant chair or airplane, the best way to ensure that we don't insult others by oversimplifying their food to burgers and bad cheese?

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Denver Dave
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We have been here several times and are quite smitten with the food and the pisco sours are amazing - the best I've had in Denver.  Nice service but we have been the only two people in the place at lunch on two occasions.  I think that has to do with the unfamiliarity of most Denver diners with the cuisine (especially in that neighborhood) and the high prices.  Those pisco sours I love so much are $9 a pop.  So, lunch for two has consistently run about $70+.  I think it's worth it but I hear a lot of grumbling from others.  It's a great place but I fear that the prices may sink them in their current location - certainly I expect lunch to go the way of the dodo shortly.

 
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