Ay Ay Picante 4569 N. Elston Ave.; 773-427-4239, ayaypicante.com Served with: A basket of bread and butter. But try it with ... Any of the Peruvian dishes on the menu, including stuffed potatoes and ceviche. Takeaway: $6 for a 16-ounce container. This creamy, hot sauce (also excellent at Sabor de Peru in Rogers Park) arrives on many local Peruvian tables with a basket of sliced French bread. The fiery, garlicky sauce ignites just about anything it touches, warning you to stay away just as it beckons you to taste it again. Owner Jaime Bardales says the sauce blends jalapenos (a substitute for Peruvian aji peppers), garlic, onions and oil. The finished product may look green and as harmless as Kermit the frog, but it bites. It bites hard.
Bonnie Trafelet, Chicago Tribune
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