La Ruta de las Picadas: Donde Guido – Peruvian Sandwiches

Chileans love sandwiches. (PERIOD!) We could probably dedicate a whole blog to sandwiches and the picadas that sell them, however I’m not too fond of sandwhiches as much as Chileans are. I worked way too long at a sub shop to appreciate anything remotely similar, however being that I absolutely love Peruvian food, this post will be an exception as the Peruvians have infiltrated the sandwich market and graced it with their flare. 

I recently stumbled upon Donde Guido: Sandwicheria Peruana. I love Peruvian food in general, so when I saw this run down, little sandwich place with a pool hall over it, which is conveniently close to the Bellas Artes metro station, I figured I should give it a try. Again, picadas are usually not very fancy places and sometimes look like you should avoid them all together, but this place has so much clientele, great reviews and decent service that it is a MUST.
Location: Merced 501, Santiago Centro, just a couple blocks from Metro Bellas Artes. There are various other locations in Santiago.

While paging through their extensive menu, there were a couple of things that caught my attention:
  • The sandwiches/burgers sounded massive and there is the option to add cheese, veggies, and bacon or ham to it for some extra change
  • They all had the option of drenching your food with 3 of 10 sauces (olive, tartar, golf (mayo and ketchup), mayonnaise, garlic, guacamole, mustard, ketchup, yellow chili and a spicier chili)
  • A couple of the items came on French bread instead of the typical batido/marraqueta or frica (burger bun)
  • Great prices, especially for being in Downtown Santiago
After coming to terms with potentially having a heart attack after eating one of the items on the menu, I was still surprised by the size of the thing when it came out. It looked delicious and even tasted better. The Peruvian touch gave the sandwiches a relieving and unique flavor that convinced me that sandwiches can still be tasty. And of course, it is best washed down with some Inka Cola.

Be careful! It might eat YOU. (La Campesina)
  • La Campesina: hamburger wrapped in a slice of bacon, sautéed mushrooms, covered in mozzarella cheese and thinly sliced fries on a bun
  • Lomo Saltado: Fine slices of pork loin with red onion, cilantro, tomato and soy sauce on batido/marraqueta with a side of french fries
  • Pollo “Donde Guido”: chicken breast with lettuce, tomato, extra ham and extra cheese on batido/marraqueta

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