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There's only one place in town to get roasted guinea pig, and it's here.

By Alice Levitt and Katharine Shilcutt September 19, 2016 Published in the October 2016 issue of Houstonia Magazine

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Guinea pig at Andes Cafe

Pappa Charlies Barbeque

’Cue hounds head here for pitmaster Wes Jurena’s smoked brisket, pork ribs and boudin, all available by the half-pound. But they stay for the creamy mac ‘n’ cheese and daily specials like smoked wings with white sauce.

Mandola's Deli

“Come for a meal, leave with a story” is the menu’s mantra at this fixture, which has served old-school Italian-Texan staples like chicken parm po-boys and fried calamari since 1975.

Andes Cafe

Chef David Guerrero’s restaurant remains the only place in town to get roasted cuy—a.k.a. guinea pig, a delicacy in South America—as well as a full menu of Peruvian, Colombian and Ecuadorian favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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