My scallop ceviche at Patrias.

My scallop ceviche at Patrias.

Like a lot of locals, I was saddened when the Peruvian restaurant Cholo closed in 2013.  Cholo was one of the first in a wave of new restaurants that upped the city’s dining scene in recent years, and it had a ton of personality – potted plants hanging along the windows and sidewalk, walls lined with old movie posters, not to mention inventive food. (Beef hearts, anyone?)  I miss Cholo, but that hasn’t kept me from being happy about the great restaurant that now fills the same space on Lawton Street, Patrias.

Where Cholo tended towards a rustic, homey sensibility, Patrias is more elegant and refined – both in the style of its decor and its preparation of food.  Mainly Spanish-style tapas, with an especially exciting array of ceviches, which I love.  I had a wonderful lunch that included the gorgeous plate of scallop ceviche shown in this photo.  Dynamite.

Catie and I haven’t been yet for dinner (we had a to cancel reservations when Jeremy came down with a bug,) but we expect to go soon.

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