Beer abounds on the west side, but we are definitely lacking in craft cocktail bars. Luckily, Peruvian restaurant Limon Rotisserie is here to fill that whiskey-barrel-sized void.
I’ve sat at the bar a handful of times now, and the cocktails have been consistently delicious. The La Bomba del Amor is a refreshingly sour vodka-based drink served in a glass that looks like a lightbulb. Classics like the Margarita and House Sangria get the job done.
One of the most interesting cocktails on the menu is crafted with pisco, the national spirit of Peru. Pisco is produced from eight varieties of grapes, fermented and distilled in copper pots. But don’t let the grapes fool you: this stuff is closer to gin in alcohol content than wine.
This Pisco Sour is served up in a stemless martini glass topped with a generous frothy head, the result of the addition of egg whites. It uses a Peruvian pisco called La Caravedo, made at the oldest distillery in the Americas founded in 1684. The initial flavor of the cocktail is smoky, but as you keep sipping the delightful sourness and sweetness of the drink cuts through the earthy froth.
Limon remains true to its heritage in its food selection as well. The happy hour menu features seven dishes under $10 that are perfect for sharing. The Polli Papas is like a Peruvian poutine or french fry nachos, with crispy fries topped with fried chicken bits and a tangy mustard sauce. The empanadas are flaky, warm, and flavorful—the perfect comfort food. My favorite dish I’ve tried there is the Ensalada Rusa, a hearty salad of beets, potatoes, carrots, and peas, tossed in a bright chile sauce.
Every time I’ve been to Limon, the staff have served up a combination of comforts and culture with friendly attentiveness, creating a vibe that is welcoming and warm. I’ve never been to Peru, but drinking and dining at Limon has definitely bumped it up on my list of future travels.