Inca Trail Peruvian Restaurant in Oklahoma City

Inca Trail: Peruvian cuisine for the whole family

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Inca Trail

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10948 N. May Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73120

Though I have three small boys at my house, it’s not too often that I discuss my experiences of dining out with the whole family. That’s because, for us, dining out all together is a pretty rare thing. For one thing, my wife is an amazing cook and so most all of our family meals are enjoyed at home. And also … well, you guys with kids know, dining out with a bunch of kids isn’t always enjoyable.

But every so often as I’m out trying new places, I come across one that I think will work well for our family. Inca Trail is one of those places. After all, what’s not for kids to love when a good portion of the menu includes french fries.

I’ve actually been to Inca Trail twice now. Both times were with fairly large groups. So, I’ve had the chance to see and sample a lot of their menu and it has all been pretty good. It’s definitely worth a visit for those in the area. For one thing, this is a very unique cuisine you can’t find very many other places in the city. The place for Peruvian used to be El Pollon, but the ownership of that group split up and now we have a handful of Peruvian places. There’s Mama Veca’s in Edmond and Norman, Naylamp on in south OKC, and Inca Trail at Hefner and N. May.

The interior at Inca Trail is simple but nicely done. The stained concrete floors give it a bit of a modern touch. Their food is all nicely-presented on solid white dishware which I think gives it a touch of class. So, it’s a casual, comfortable place but with a hint of upscale charm. You definitely get the impression that they really care about the food they are presenting, which is a nice feeling.

If you haven’t tried it before, I highly recommend starting with the Papa a la Huancaina ($5.99 – see a picture). This appetizer, served cold, offers a taste of a couple of things that are very common in Peruvian cuisine. One is potatoes, in this case boiled and sliced. The other is the beautiful, creamy Aji sauce which is used in several of the dishes. If you’ve never had an Aji sauce, you definitely need to try.

For the main course, my favorite is the Lomo Saltado ($6.99 lunch, $9.99 dinner – see a picture). You’ll definitely taste the asian influence in this Peruvian standard, which is basically like a beef stir-fry with tomatoes, red onions and french fries. That’s right, french fries in the stir-fry. I really love this dish and Inca Trail’s was perfectly seasoned in my opinion. The second time I had it, the meat was a little tough, but otherwise, this was perfection.

I would not go to Inca Trail without at least sampling the Pollo a la Brasa (see a picture). This is Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken which is cooked in their coal-fired rotisserie oven. A whole chicken is $15.99, and could easily make a meal for 2-3 people. You can also get a half chicken for $9.99 or a quarter for $5.99. Each order is served with an appropriate-sized heap of french fries and salad.

The seasoning on this chicken is earthy and a little spicy. The meat is very tender. It’s just all around very good.

This is where I think Inca Trail has some great offerings for the kids. For $3, you can get a chicken quarter and fries in a kids’ meal (you can also get it with rice and beans instead of fries). My kids gave the chicken a thumbs up. However, the better pieces for them were the white meat pieces where the meat was thicker. On the wings and some of the other pieces there is so much seasoning pervading the thin strips of meat that it was overwhelming for them (and even for some of the adults). So, I would ask for the chicken breast in the kids’ meal where the chunks of meat are thick enough that the flavors are more mild throughout.

You can also get the kids meal with Salchipapas (sliced hot dogs) and fries. They also have a Salchipapas appetizer ($4.99 - see a picture). I’m telling you, this is a hot dog and french fry haven. Though I will say, the fries are not homemade and, the second time I went, they were slightly underdone.

There is so much more on the menu at Inca Trail and all of it is worth exploring. I sampled their South American style tamal and the masa was just about the most flavorful I’ve ever tasted. I’m not a big ceviche fan, but I’ve heard from many who are and who say Inca Trail has a lot to offer in their ceviches (see a picture of their ceviche mixto).

We tried their desserts as well. They have a flan that’s very good and, even better, their Helados (ice cream) is homemade with native tropical fruits from Peru. Your choice of Lucuma or Chirimoya. These were very good and very unique.

Put it all together and Inca Trail gets a solid recommendation from me. The food is good, well presented, and unique. The atmosphere is casual and comfortable but with a touch of class. The value is pretty good, especially at lunch where they offer many of their favorites at discounted prices. And the service has been extremely friendly both times I’ve gone. I highly recommend it as a place to get outside of the “norm” and try something different. Who knows, it might just become a part of your regular routine.

Have you tried Inca Trail? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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  • Tim says:
    October 20th, 2010 at 9:48 pm   

    Hear, hear. Their ceviche is awesome, too.

  • Debbie says:
    October 21st, 2010 at 9:44 am   

    Tried Inca Trail Peruvian Restaurant for lunch one Saturday in August. They were crowded and slow to take orders but once things started it was ok. They surprised us with a free appetizer – 4 puffy pastries with a little chicken & cheese inside with a wonderful cilantor dipping sauce. I had the Sudado de Pescado (fish) while husband had 1/2 rotisserie chicken with french fries & Inca salad. Both were good but too salty. Husband made 2 meals out of chicken & fries. I had side of fried plantians – very good – found out afterwards could have gotten some as a substitute rather than a side order but I ate them all. I fell in love with plantains when we lived in Panama & eat them whenever I get the chance here. We will try them again when we are in the area at lunchtime.

  • Lori Ford says:
    October 21st, 2010 at 10:23 am   

    “Inca Trail- Not just for family meals.” I was thrilled when I heard a Peruvian restaurant was opening on the North side of OKC. El Pollon had become one of my favorite digs and I was sad to hear that it closed. However, it tickles me how one Peruvian restaurant has seeded and eventually sprouted forth 3 quality Peruvian restaurants in OKC which historically has specialized in Tex-Mex fare. I have added Mama Vecca’s in Edmond to my list of favorites; although, Inca Trail’s Peruvian menu is at least twice the size as Mama Vecca’s Peruvian menu.

    At Inca Trail, I personally favor the follwing items in order by preference: 1. Pollo a la Brasa -the best rotisserie chicken in OKC(by the way, the unique spice has never been to strong for me nor my children), 2. Ceviche Mixto -amazing garnishes on this tender ceviche made of white fish, calamari, and shrimp steeped in lime juice, 3. Chicken Tamal-richly flavored moist masa dough wrapped in a banana leaf with surprises tucked inside such as moist chunks of chicken, olives, and a boiled egg.

    My children, who enjoy trying unique restaurants, prefer these items: fried plantains, the tempura fried seafood appetizer (my children love calamari), white rice, Pollo a la Brasa, and most of the fish dishes.

    Forget the french fries as a side item, expand your mouth’s cultural experience by sampling the intriguing Peruvian specialties such as the delicious fried plantain (my favorite), huge Latin corn kernels which remind me of fresh hominy, green cilantro rice, or the lovely Peruvian salad. Be aware that Inca Trail’s white rice appears to be a basic everyday white rice until your tastebuds savor the saffron-like flavor and firm texture. First timer’s who visit Inca Trail know that the standard sauce is a pleasing mild creamy green cilantro sauce although you must request from your waiter the other 2 sauces: a warm gold pepper sauce and my favorite spicy red roasted pepper sauce.

    As I write this, I am suddenly craving their pleasing garnish of dry roasted corn kernels which remind me of salted corn nuts. Inca Trail…a must for family meals however, I truly enjoy it best on date nights. : )

  • Lynsie says:
    October 21st, 2010 at 11:25 am   

    We have been once, and loved it. They gave us the free appetizer as well, which was delicious. I definitely recommend the purple corn drink, I loved it. My dinner was basically the Papa a la Huancaina with chicken and rice (I don’t remember the name) and it was very good. My husband’s dinner was also delicious, something with tomatoes and beef. Our dessert was a caramel custard with meringue on top, and was to die for. We will definitely make this a regular place to eat!

  • Tim says:
    October 21st, 2010 at 12:26 pm   

    Lori, thanks for sharing all of those great insights. I definitely didn’t want this article to sound like it is only good for kids. Certainly excellent for grown ups as well. :) I was just impressed with how many families were there with their kids when we were.

    Lynsie, thanks for mentioning the Chicha Morada (purple corn drink) and the Aji de Gallina. Interestingly, my sister, who used to live in Peru, was with us and those are the two things she ordered. Very interesting and great stuff.

  • ballerinatoes says:
    October 21st, 2010 at 12:46 pm   

    Love the fried plantains!

  • Pat says:
    October 21st, 2010 at 2:20 pm   

    I was hoping you’d get around to reviewing this place.
    I have been 3 times now, and i’ve been thrilled everytime I go.
    Their Tacu Tacu is now my new favorite, lots of flavor on the steak, and the green creamy sauce that comes with everything is amazing. I can’t stop dipping stuff in it.
    The staff their is EXTREMELY friendly, and seem genuinely excited to have you in their restaurant.
    I really hope this place gets the support it needs to remain in business for a long time to come.

  • Paula says:
    October 21st, 2010 at 4:05 pm   

    My husband and I ate there last Sunday for lunch and were very pleased with our meals. I had the roasted chicken and it was absolutely delicious! Great flavors! My husband had a beef dish which was gone by the time we were ready to head home. I also loved the amarillo sauce – I have zero idea what it is but I know that I ate all of it. We will return!

  • Dave says:
    October 21st, 2010 at 10:46 pm   

    I heard this place is BYOB. Can anyone confirm or refute this?

  • Blake says:
    October 29th, 2010 at 8:14 am   

    @Dave. Yes, it is BYOB. We took a bottle of wine with us the last time we were there.

  • Zaid says:
    October 29th, 2010 at 5:02 pm   

    My wife and I tried it today and we loved it!!!!! We will make it a regular stop on our lunch rotation.

  • KC says:
    November 28th, 2010 at 4:15 pm   

    Good food (especially the lomo saltado), nice decor, friendly staff – going back soon. The complimentary sample appetizer was the cherry on the sundae.

  • AJ says:
    December 8th, 2010 at 10:07 am   

    SO. GOOD. I can’t wait until they get their liquor license, though it was kind of nice being able to bring your own. If it is your first time, they are really good at recommending and letting you sample things. The complementary chicken and rice soup wasn’t great (hey, it’s free), but everything else was. We wouldn’t have tried it if we didn’t see all of the great reviews on here, I am happy to report that it is true – the food and service are great.

  • Tim says:
    December 8th, 2010 at 5:21 pm   

    Thanks for that feedback, AJ. So glad that EatAroundOKC could help you find a new place!

  • Rebecca says:
    December 30th, 2010 at 11:24 am   

    Love Inca Trail!

    I especially loved the little fried chicken wanton-ish appetizer that they used to serve. The last time that we went (earlier this month), we were served a chicken soup. It was not as good as the other appetizer, but it was a cold day and the soup was nice. I hope in warmer weather they return to the original appetizer or offer it on the menu (I would be more than happy to pay for it).

    I’ve had a variety of things and have liked them all. However, the Tacu Tacu is my favorite. The fried rice with the chicken is very good, and, of course, the rotisserie chicken is wonderful, flavorful and a HUGE portion. I haven’t tried the warm sauce (I will have to try this now) mentioned in Lori Ford’s post, but I have had the spicy sauce and it is very tasty if you like spicy. The cilantro cream sauce is always very good.

    The service is normally pretty good and the wait staff seems to be very happy to explain dishes and help you with pronunciation if you ask (they have never corrected anyone with us and we’ve had a few who do not know any Latin/Spanish dialect).

    The portions are very large and reasonably priced, we frequently have a take home box at the end of the meal. I’ve been very happy to see them more crowded and hope this restaurant makes it!

  • Emily says:
    January 1st, 2011 at 3:49 pm   

    Inca Trail is incredible! They make magic of simple rice and beans. Even my stepdad, who’s a meat and potatoes kind of guy, loved it. This is good, fresh food prepared with care by folks who take some serious pride in their craft.

    I ordered the Tacu Tacu and loved it. Everyone is right, the aji amarillo sauce is amazing. My husband had the rotisserie chicken and said it was unlike any roasted chicken he’d ever tasted.

    Yummy plantains + rice and beans = happiness!

    Give this place a try, I think you’ll like it!

  • Luis Cassinelli says:
    January 30th, 2011 at 9:24 pm   

    I would not recommend this restaurant at all. I have been there just once and the food is nasty. I like Peruvian food and I traveled to Peru 6 times and i know for sure what the nations’ cuisine tastes like. Beware with your money, especially with the rotisserie chicken, they will serve reheated portions instead of fresh chicken. There was only a subtle hint of flavor on the outside only. once again beware.

  • Debbie says:
    January 31st, 2011 at 10:29 am   

    This is an update to my earlier review (posted in Oct for Aug visit). Husband & I went for a second time – had lunch on Saturday. This time we had great service and the food was great too (not too salty this time). Husband got the rotisserie chicken again with the Inca salad but got rice instead of fries this time. He also got a smaller portion so he ate it all instead of taking some home. He said it was really good. I tried something different – got the Camerones con Arroz (shrimp with rice). It was good. I again ordered a side of fried plantains – love them! Our free appetizer this time was Peruvian chicken soup – we really like that too. We were very satisfied this last trip and will definitely go back when in the area.

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  • Diana says:
    February 26th, 2011 at 4:21 pm   

    I LOVE this! I’ve been there a couple of times and they were both great experiences. The lomo saltado is my favorite dish. Very rich flavors. Oh i can’t forget about my favorite appetizer, although I can’t remember what it is called. I do know it’s an avocado stuffed with some sort of potato salad. If you like avocado you will love this! I also like the starter caldo (soup) reminds me of moms caldo de pollo. It’s even Better on a cold day :) The Pollo dish is very delicious as well.. If you get a half chicken you will have Plenty to take home after! Overall great service and delicious flavors!

  • Debbie says:
    March 6th, 2011 at 5:15 pm   

    We made our 3rd visit for lunch Saturday. Again they gave us the free chicken soup appetizer – very good. My husband tried the Adobado de Puerco but wasn’t happy with his pork chop. He felt really bad so I am sure that didn’t help. I had to get my side of fried plantains again (love them) and this time I tried the Arroz Chaufa (Peruvian fried rice) – I got the seafood version that had shrimp and squid in it. It was very good but I ate too much – I should have taken 1/2 home for another meal. I was talking to the owner when I was paying our bill. He said that he was going to start offering specials on the weekends that aren’t on the menu – he will list them on his website and Facebook page. It will be interesting to see what those might be.

  • jusumgirl says:
    May 26th, 2011 at 12:18 pm   

    My husband and I went there last Saturday and really enjoyed it! We shared the Peruvian chicken and had green rice and fried plantains. So good! For an appetizer we had the calamari dish. It was good, but a little rubbery. We’d opt with something else. The small cup of soup they brought us was quite tasty and dessert was good. We’re already trying to figure out when we’re going back :)

  • Sara says:
    June 22nd, 2011 at 11:38 am   

    Some friends asked me to dinner at Inca Trail last night, and I hadn’t heard of the place, so I read up on eataroundokc and ordered the Lomo Saltado. SO GOOD. I’m not even a big meat eater, but the spices were incredible, and I was a big fan of french fries IN the stir-fry. Ordered the ice cream for dessert, and left feeling very full and happy with my dining experience. Will definitely be back!

  • Kristi says:
    September 8th, 2011 at 2:36 pm   

    I LOVE this resturant! My husband and I were big fans of El Pollon and I didn’t know it had closed, sad to hear that, but once Inca Trail opened, closer to where we lived, we were hooked! He ALWAYS gets the cerviche and I ALWAYS get the roasted chicken, although after hearing the reviews I need to branch out and try some new things. I’m not a french fry fan so I always opt for the rice and the sauces are delicious! We’ve only had the chicken and cheese complimentary appetizer but I love soup so I would love to try theirs! We’ve moved and now we can’t go as often as we like but we love to go when we can. I bought their Groupon recently and can’t wait to go back! The staff is amazing and friendly and we have always had a wonderful experience there.

  • DL Matthis says:
    September 12th, 2011 at 8:42 am   

    Inca Trail was quite a discovery. Love it!

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