D'Lima Peruvian Cafe
Most people's thoughts of Peru are limited to Machu Picchu, llamas, and its capital of Lima, home of the worst beans ever. For a joint that schools you on just how delicious their non-bean food is, there's D'Lima Cafe.Set inside a little mall area just north of Flagler, and boasting sushi-bar-ish seating, an open kitchen, and a cafe vibe, D's from a team of four Peruvians whose families're all way-tight back in the homeland, and're now joining forces to plate the ceviches and sandwiches from Lima's cafes, but not the exact ones, 'cause sandwiches are nervous flyers. The comida kicks off with traditional apps like Tequenos (deep fried wonton dough sticks stuffed with cheese), Causa (cold potato cakes stuffed with shrimp and sauce made from huacatay, a pungent Peruvian herb), and potato croquettes called Papa Rellena jammed with beef, which only started happening since Mama Rellena left, but hey, it's 2010. They're also hitting you with ceviches (fish, shrimp, combo) served with sweet potatoes and huge Peruvian corn, and a roster of killer sandwiches like the Lurin (fried pork slices topped w/ cilantro, Peruvian Creole sauce, and twigs of fried sweet potato), the Barranco (oven-roasted pork w/ panko-teriyaki), and the D'Lima, with sauteed beef strips/red onion, melted Provolone, and avocado sheets -- which you get out from under, then pull on your clothes and take your guac of shame.To keep you hydrated they've got unique drinks like passion fruit juice, purple corn drink, and Peru's much-loved Inca Kola, which has a slight bubblegum scent and is made with hierba luisa, an herb known to combat flatulence -- not surprising, considering the country's capital is named after a magical fruit.