Two girlfriends and I stopped in for lunch after a movie. It was about 2 p.m. so the place was pretty quiet. There were only 2 or 3 other tables occupied. We were seated immediately. This place was previously called Mario's Peruvian Seafood restaurant and was a second Mario's (the other being on Melrose in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles). We had been to the Melrose location and loved it. Before I could get into the La Mirada location, it change names. I don't know if it was just a name change or an ownership change. This location was originally a Coco's and I think the booths are from the Coco's days. This is a bright restaurant. There are several TV sets along the back of the restaurant. I don't remember if that was a bar or not. Our server was right out with a basket of pillow-like warm rolls and a squeeze bottle of Aji Verde. Theirs is pretty potent. Me thinks serrano chiles instead of jalepeños. Two of us ordered lunch portions which come with rice. I had the pollo saltado and my friend ordered the lomo saltado which is the house specialty. The other compatriot ordered the dinner portion of lomo saltado so she could take leftovers to her husband. Too hot too cook these days. The lunch portions were large. Dinners are definitely leftovers as portions are huge. I should have ordered the lomo because the chicken was dark meat which isn't ever my choice. My fault because I didn't ask. That being said, there wasn't a grain of rice left on my plate. I think it's pretty hard to rate the food when there was only two dishes on the table and really the same except for meat. I will revisit this review if I go back and try more different dishes. I can recommend though. You will get a solid meal at a very reasonable price. Lunch Specials were $9.99 and I think the dinner portion was something like $12.99. Parking is easy.
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