Family Diner In Tampa Is Now A Peruvian Restaurant


Edgar Orrillo, a Peruvian who moved to the United States 13 years ago, transformed the Ben’s Family Diner in Tampa into “Sabor a Peru”, a South American-influenced restaurant, offering a variety of the country’s flavors to locals and visitors.

Orrillo has experience in the area. He has worked as a restaurant manager before, according to Tampa Bay Times. When he was an employee in “Sabor a Mexico” he “persuaded two business partners there that the Brandon area needed a place for the more-than 200 Peruvian people he knows in Valrico, Lithia and Riverview”, you can read in the aforementioned media.

The idea to create “Sabor a Peru” came to Orrillo last December and it reached fruition when he introduced his partners to some of his homemade ceviche.

Orrillo and chef Niko Melo spent three days in Peru dining at restaurants to find inspiration for a new menu that features fish, seafood and steaks. They also entertain off-menu requests but draw the line at guinea pig (also known as cuy)”, Tampa Bay Times explained.

In this diner, visitors can expect traditional authentic Peruvian dishes, and of course the best deserts you can think of, like the famous chicha morada.

You can visit the restaurant at any time, but you will need a reservation for Saturday nights when there is live music playing.

(Cover Photo Flickr)

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Ermelinda is a journalist from Caracas, Venezuela. She has a Master’s degree in Digital Journalism and a technical degree in Veterinary Assistance she pursued because of her love for animals. She likes to do sports, but especially ballet, which she has practiced for almost 20 years. Her passion is to read, write, and blog about different topics, as well as travel whenever she can.