El Rey Peruvian Restaurant in Lynnwood is one of the better South American restaurants to debut in the Puget Sound in the past five years. A good introduction to Peruvian food for newbies, El Rey serves Lima staples from stir-fried steak with fries and rice (lomo saltado) to the creamy potato (papa a la huancaína) along with excellent fried fish and roast chicken. Wash these dishes down with an Inca Kola or a pitcher of chicha morada, a purple corn drink. Portions are generous, with most dishes costing $15 or less. El Rey is an all-family affair, with the matriarch Yacira Mayta cooking and serving seven days a week, while her sister, husband, son and two daughters chip in. Be patient if things get busy. Go on off nights and/or avoid the peak lunch and dinner hours.
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