Parque Kennedy, the main square at the heart of Lima’s Miraflores district, is surrounded by fast food joints, cafes and upscale restaurants. Along the Diagonal, the main avenue on the square’s western flank, you’ll find a handful of sandwich bars. One of the newer additions is La Lucha (Av. Diagonal 308), a sangucheria that has become one of the most popular late-night eateries on the square.
Quirky Service With a Smile
La Lucha is the kind of bustling but informal sandwich bar that draws you in before you even know it. The walls are decorated with old black and white photos of Peru, the polite waiters all wear big smiles and the small tables sit snuggly within the buzzing interior.
But don’t take a seat too quickly. La Lucha has a slightly bizarre system of service. Despite being well staffed, the waiters won’t come to your table to take your order. I was sitting quite happily for five minutes, after which I began to wonder why the waiters would smile at me without asking what I’d like to eat. Finally, I was told that I’d need to go to the counter – which is outside the seating area and facing the street – to place my order. So out I went, where a friendly staff member took my order. I paid and received a numbered wooden block. Block in hand, I returned to my table; a waiter promptly brought me my sandwich. It’s a quirky system, but functional in its own way.
Sandwiches, Juices and Great Fries
La Lucha has two established competitors on Parque Kennedy, both of which sit on the same street. Miguel’s and Sandwich.com are both good options, but La Lucha seems to be the most popular of the three. The décor has probably helped the newcomer, while the quality of the food has built a loyal following.
The sandwiches range from simple hamburgers (S/.8.80) to overstuffed club sandwiches (S/.19.90). Tasty Peruvian-style fillings include lechon (suckling pig), jamon del pais (ham with salsa criolla) and chorizo sausage. If you’re feeling particularly hungry, don’t miss the potato fries, made from huayro potatoes and accompanied by homemade sauces (the ketchup is excellent).
For drinks, you can choose from an extensive list of fruit juices done in various styles (including straight up, with milk or frozen; S/.7.90 to S/.12.60) and large milkshakes (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, lúcuma and more; S/.9.90 to S/.11.90). When the coastal air brings a chill to the city, you can warm up with coffee (including cappuccino and latte; S/.3.50 to S/.7.90) or hot chocolate (S/.4.90).
The Best Sandwich Bar on Parque Kennedy?
Lunch is the main meal of the day in Peru; it’s also the best time of day for cheap eating options and greater variety. Even in Miraflores, affordable options are slightly limited at night, especially after midnight (for those of you hitting the bars and clubs).
If you want something quick and filling at night, grabbing a sandwich on Parque Kennedy is always a good option. La Lucha is certainly a worthy rival to Miguel’s and Sandwich.com -- and with those huayro fries, it may well surpass its nearby competitors…
La Lucha DetailsAddress: Av. Diagonal 308, Parque Kennedy, Miraflores, Lima
Opening hours: Friday and Saturday 8.00 am to 3.00 am; Sunday to Thursday 8.00 am to 1.00 am