June 24, 2014

Mi Peru now open in Durham

A new Peruvian restaurant opens in former Rick’s Cafe space on University Drive.

Edwin Vergaray and Gladis Muñoz have opened Mi Peru in Durham, in the space formerly occupied by Rick’s Cafe (and more recently, Bear Rock Cafe). The native Peruvian husband-and-wife team share cooking duties, while their daughter, Lucila, manages the dining room.

Lucila Vergaray offers a hospitable welcome and enthusiastically answers questions about the menu, which serves up a broad sampling of traditional Peruvian fare from lomo saltado to jalea, a delightfully different pairing of fried seafood and salad in a single dish. The offering also includes three variations on the theme of Peru’s deservedly famous ceviches.

The owners imported a charcoal-burning rotisserie from Peru to make another of that country’s signature dishes, rotisserie-roasted chicken. Marinated overnight before slow-roasting, the birds are available whole or in entree portions with your choice of sides from a selection that includes yuca (fried or boiled), canary beans, and plantains (sweet or green, fried up crisp and salted).

You can also check the restaurant’s Facebook page ( for daily specials such as Peruvian style pork chops and fried fish, most of which come with two sides for $7.99.

Mi Peru (4015 University Drive, Suite 1; 919-401-6432) is open Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from noon until 9 p.m.

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