Can anyone out there recommend serious Peruvian restaurants in Denver and San Francisco, the kinds of places a Peruvian taxi driver would eat at? I'll be traveling to both cities in September. Friends and family say they want to sample something representative of my daily life here, and avoid the standard theme park dining experience you normally find at the highly touted joints.
I checked Yelp for guidance. There are only two listings for Denver, and a comment on the highest rated one (3.5 stars) said "Bottomline: The curry was so freaking good!" Curry at a Peruvian restaurant? That seems like a red flag if there ever was one.
As for San Francisco, there are many more options than Denver on Yelp, but the reviews are all over the place, and I don't see much talk of the plates I eat most often down here - arroz con pollo, caldo de gallina, tacu tacu, chicharon, adobo, rocoto relleno, aji de gallina, etc. The highest rated one is, apparently, know for its salmon. Salmon? I've never seen anything other than trout and white fish in the six months I've been in Peru. I don't even know the Spanish word for salmon.
PS - Are there big Peruvian communities in Denver and San Francisco?