With its spacious rooftop terrace, private dining room, and expanded take-out and delivery options, there are many different ways for locals to reacquaint themselves with Tanta Chicago. Since it opened on Grand Avenue in 2013, Tanta (led by its owner, the world-renowned chef Gaston Acurio) has afforded Chicagoans an accessible, welcoming introduction to Peruvian cuisine.
Most diners start with a cocktail (a pisco sour is Peru's national drink) followed by some cebiche (Peru's take on ceviche). From there, folks usually choose a few shareable small plates from the anticuchos (street-food skewered meats), causitas (mashed potatoes like you've never imagined), Del Chifa (dishes that exemplify the blending of Latin and Chinese cuisine) and, of course, empanadas. That's plenty for a light lunch, but the entrees (especially the pollo a la brasa) will take your meal to the next level.
Too many choices? Go for the "Tanta Experiencia" family-style packages that give you the chef's selections for $60 per person.