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Bagdad Cafe: Cult Peruvian Nosh
Named after the German cult movie, this place serves good Peruvian, Mexican and other foods. There is a good range to choose from, and the serves are generous. Despite the name there is no evidence of flavours of the middle east, or any sign of sauerkraut. You might find the more mundane selections at a truckstop in the Mojave Desert, but not of the quality found here!.
If you have a small group, you will fit on the balcony, and can do some elevated people watching.
We tried the stuffed potato (avocado & chicken), and the very pleasing spicy chicken. Washed down with a dark Cusqueña made for a satisfying feed.
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Bagdad Cafe: Not the remote truck-stop café...
We visited ‘Bagdad Café’ for lunch and thought it was a great place with good food. We had a chicken dish with potatoes, but the menu had a lot to choose from; local food, pizza or burgers…
The café is located right on Plaza de Armas (next to the Cathedral) and from the balcony is a really nice view of the square...
BAGDAD CAFE: BEWARE THE VULTURES
THE VULTURE MURAL AS YOU ASCEND THE STAIRS TO THE BAGDAD CAFE SHOULD HAVE BEEN FAIR WARNING ENOUGH. WE HAD ALPACA STEAK AND BEEF HEARTS AND FOUND 2 INCH LONG FIBERS/THREADS ON THE STEAK, AND A ROACH IN THE BEEF HEARTS. THE SERVICE WAS EQUALLY AS POOR. MY LADY WAS NOT PLEASED WITH THE FLAVOR OR TOUGHNESS OF THE HEARTS, BUT WAS SHOWN NO CONCESSION. THEY HAD A BAND WHICH WAS PLAYING SO LOUD IT WOULD HAVE SEEMED THIER INTENTION WAS TO BE HEARD IN THE STREET. THE LEAD SINGER INTERUPTED OUR MEAL TWICE TRYING TO SELL C.D.'S, AND HIS BREATH WOULD MAKE A YAK YACK. THE ROACH WAS ONLY THE FINAL NAIL IN THE COFFIN. WHEN WE GOT OUR CHECK IT WAS FOR THE FULL AMOUNT, 76 SOLES. THE LADY WOULD ONLY DISCOUNT THE BILL 6 SOLES AND ADDED INSULTS ON TOP, SUGGESTING WE WERE LIARS AND THIEVES UNWILLING TO PAY WHAT WE OWE.
Bagdad Cafe: Bagdad cafe (- not middle-eastern food)
We had lunch at the Bagdad Cafe in a group of 8 people. Almost everyone got something different and I think all but one liked their dish. The cafe has a terrace overlooking the Plaza de Armas, which is really nice if you have a smaller group. .... The menu has a nice variety- a LOT of options. From American food like a burger, to pizza, Mexican, local dishes, ad Asian dishes. ... And their prices were really good. Around US $5 for most things.
Favorite Dish: I had the rice with chicken - which was really like chicken fried rice, and it was yummy. It was big too, I couldn't eat the whole thing. ... A couple people in our group got pizza, which was the standard Cusco-style wood-fired pizza, the same as anywhere else ... My husband got a burrito - which was a mistake. It wasn't BAD, it was just dreadfully bland. ... One person got a burger, which he said was just fine .... 2 people got avocado salads which they liked, but our cook on the Inca Trail actually made better ones! These were good, but just not AS good.
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The Baghdad Cafe: Great views of the Plaza de Armas
This restaurant serving Peruvian and International specialities is named after a German cult movie. Although we had never heard of this movie, we dined here for the postcard views of the Plaza de Armas from its balcony. This is a nice way to enjoy the activity of this square in a relaxed manner. The menu is several pages long and offers a nice variety to choose from. ranging from Italian to traditional Peruvian dishes . The servings are WAY too large!
Favorite Dish: I had corn and cheese ,which is a traditionial Peruvian dish.The kernals on the corn cobs were the biggest I had ever seen!
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