Ay Ay Picante

Restaurants, Peruvian Albany Park
Ay Ay Picante
Photograph: Chandler West Ay Ay Picante

Pan-flute versions of classic pop songs repeat (and repeat) on the speakers at this cheerful spot. Specialties include ocopa, potato slices topped with a creamy basil-and-walnut sauce; heaping portions of ceviche with tart, tender slices of tilapia and octopus; lomo saltado, heavily spiced strips of beef topped with a pile of fries to soak up the juices; and a rich slice of caramel cake good enough to make even the fifth play of “Dust in the Wind” (yes, a pan-flute version) tolerable.


Venue name: Ay Ay Picante
Address: 4569 N Elston Ave

Cross street: between Kennicott and Kiona Aves
Opening hours: Lunch, dinner
Transport: El stop: Blue to Montrose. Bus: 53, 78, 81.
Price: Average main course: $15
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