Hungry for a good conversation? Join our Facebook group "Let's Eat, South Florida" where our readers and writers share tips about restaurants, recipes and more.

Applause for Bravo

First impression: Some people come for a taste of home. Others for a taste of something new. Bravo is a no-fuss, order-from-the-counter Peruvian joint that won't disappoint. The specialty is oversize sandwiches that are equal parts Peruvian and big-appetite American.

Ambience: Dennis and Vanesa Quiroz's 55-seat fast-casual eatery is painted bright red and set with metal tables and chairs. Decoration consists of little more than TVs perpetually set to soccer. A big cooler of beverages includes ice-cold Cristal ($3.75), one of the most-popular lagers in Peru.

Starters: Beef or chicken empanadas ($2.95) are piping hot and dusted with powdered sugar. Papa rellena ($5.50) — a deep-fried orb of mashed potatoes filled with ground beef, onions, olives and a hard-boiled egg — is a nice introduction to the wonders of Peruvian cuisine. It arrives hot from the deep fryer. The appetizer section of the menu also includes ceviche ($10.95), tamales ($4.25) and yuca frita ($4.50), one of Bravo's most-popular dishes judging by the number of orders we saw come from the kitchen.

Sandwiches: Even simple roasted turkey breast ($7.95) gets a Peruvian makeover, with the addition of criolla sauce, olives and spicy rocoto sauce. Lomo saltado ($8.50) starts with strips of beef tenderloin sauteed with onions and tomatoes. This being South Florida, there's also a Cuban sandwich ($7.50) and a Bravo Burger ($7.50) with cheese, ham, egg, lettuce, mayonnaise and shoestring potatoes.

Entree excellence: Lomo saltado ($10.95) is available in its traditional non-sandwich form, served with white rice and French fries. It can also be had with chicken ($9.95). Tallarines verdes con bistec ($10.95) isn't unlike pasta with pesto. Here, spaghetti is tossed with a green sauce of basil and spinach and then topped with grilled steak. The several seafood preparations include pescado a lo macho ($13.50), a squid-heavy mixture of seafood in a creamy white sauce. The squid was overdone, and the dish is usually much more spicy than the version served here.

Sweet! Crema volteada ($3.50), which translates to "upside-down cream," is what Peruvians call flan. The version here is densely creamy with a dark-caramel-colored top. Be sure to try Peru's original smoothie: The surtido ($3.95) is dairy-free, but tastes like creamy whipped milk from the combination of blended ice and tropical fruits.

Service: Two young women take your order and bring it to your table. It takes some time for food to arrive, a good sign that everything is cooked to order. If you know nothing about Peruvian food, the staff will help guide you through the menu. or 954-356-4632. Read his blog at and follow him on Twitter at @FloridaEats

2925 NE Sixth Ave., Wilton Manors


Cuisine: Peruvian

Cost: Inexpensive

Hours: Lunch and dinner daily (closes at 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday)

Reservations: Not accepted

Credit cards: D, MC, V

Bar: Beer and wine

Sound level: Conversational

Outside smoking: No

For kids: Highchairs

Wheelchair accessible: Yes

Parking: Free lot

Copyright © 2018, South Florida