Downtown Baltimore: Puerto 511

Since Puerto 511 opened Downtown, I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews. I’ve had a few Peruvian dishes before, but I can’t say that I’ve been to a Peruvian restaurant. I was meeting up with fellow Baltimore food-instagrammers JZEats and Bmore_Hungry and we were all in the mood to try something new and Puerto 511 was the perfect spot for us!

Puerto 511
Puerto 511

The space is small, with maybe twenty seats inside, and there aren’t a lot of signs. If you’re not looking for it, you would never know it was there.

My dining companions love fish, and the pictures of the ceviche I saw online looked delicious, so the three of us split an order of the Clasico Ceviche, this was black sea bass in ‘leche de tigre’ with cilantro, red onion, lime, aji limo (chili peppers), glazed sweet potato, Andean corn, and cancha (corn nuts). Leche de tigre, is Peruvian for tiger’s milk, the citrus-based marinade that cures the seafood in a ceviche. It really brightened up the dish. The combination of all the acid, spice, and sweetness really made this a remarkable dish.

Clasico Ceviche
Clasico Ceviche

JZEats and Bmore_Hungry both ordered the Arroz Con Mariscos or, Peruvian Paella. The rice was cooked in a red pepper paste and a white wine reduction with Andean corn, peas, shrimp, cilantro, cotopus, squid, mussels, and salsa criolla – a South American salsa with onions and cilantro. They both loved the dish, it wasn’t particularly spicy and it had plenty of seafood. If you’re a paella aficionado,  this is one you need to try!

Arroz Con Mariscos
Arroz Con Mariscos

I opted to order the Corderito de los Andes – these lamb chops had a mint crust with bacon-potatoes, over a huacatay-ocopa sauce and then drizzled with balsamic reduction. The sauce was delicious; it can best be described as a basil-mint sauce. These were some of the better lamb chops that I’ve had.

Corderito de los Andes
Corderito de los Andes

If Peruvian food is your thing, head over to Puerto 511 and experience one of the few Peruvian restaurants in Baltimore.

Puerto 511 is located at 102 Clay St in Baltimore.

Know of any other Latin American spots in Baltimore I need to try? Let me know in the comments below!

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Some other spots I’ve loved nearby are Alma Cocina, Blue Hill Tavern, and Alchemy.

Want to drink and have reliable transportation? Consider Lyft or Uber! (Follow the link for $20 off your first ride)

Looking for a place to eat? Check out Rachel’s Baltimore Restaurant List.

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