Though the Irish may be synonymous with potatoes, the Incas practically worship them, at least when it comes to the kitchen. For proof, look no further than Aji, a Long Beach treasure that doesn’t skimp on our favorite starch. Start with the cold mashed-potato causas topped with fresh avocado and seafood and move on to the delicately fried yucca atop tangy ceviche doused in leche de tigre sauce. Even Aji’s desserts are proud to rep that spud life: The sweet potato picarones for dessert are dusted with powdered sugar and drizzled with molasses—and we’re barely peeling the skin off the menu here!
2308 E. Fourth St., Long Beach, (562) 439-8545; www.ajiperuviancuisine.com.
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