What The Heck Is A Freakin Incan?

The Freakin Incan

When I worked in DC, I used to frequent El Pollo Rico in Arlington, Virginia for lunch. They had the best Peruvian rotisserie chicken (pollo a la brasa) in the MD-VA-DC area.  This is where my love affair with Peruvian food began.

I got hooked on Peruvian food quickly, and particularly street food. When we moved to Atlanta I just knew my days of enjoying crisp, herb-encrusted skin and moist, juicy Peruvian chicken were over.  I didn't believe I'd ever taste another mouth-watering empanada without catching a flight back to DC.

But I was wrong. Dead wrong, because today, I discovered 'The Freakin Incan', a casual little Peruvian restaurant tucked away in the strip mall on Alabama Road.

How I Found The Freakin Incan

I was doing some research for another article I'm writing when I stumbled across the name - Freakin Incan.

"What the heck is a Freakin Incan?" I asked myself.

I completely forgot about the article I was writing and poured over the Incan's website. Within 5 minutes, I was in the car heading west on Holcomb Bridge towards what I thought might be the end to my Peruvian street food deprivation.

They open the doors promptly at 11am and I tugged on their front door at 10:58am.

When I poked my head inside I was a little surprised!  I thought I saw a food truck parked in the restaurant!  But the mural in front of me was just the Freakin Incan's way of linking their food truck roots - and delivering the best Peruvian street food in Atlanta - to their new brick-and-mortar establishment.

Freakin Incan food truck order window

The Freakin Incan is owned and operated by Mikiel Arnold.  Trained under the watchful eye of famed Peruvian Chef Gaston Acurio at Astrid y Gaston, Mikiel has endeavored to get his food to the masses in an affordable manner.

This is not your grandma's Peruvian restaurant.  There's a huge difference between having a cook in the kitchen and a chef in the kitchen.

Mikiel is a world class chef.  Don't let the food truck roots fool you.

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The Freakin Incan Ceviche de Camaron

Ceviche de Camaron

The Freakin Incan Lomo Saltado

Lomo Saltado

The Freakin Incan Alfajores


Oh, by the way, kids eat for free on Wednesdays at the Freakin Incan.

I don't know how that's going to work out for Mikiel.  Once the word gets out and those kids get hooked on his scrumptious creations, they'll be back every Wednesday to eat him out of house and home.

So, to answer my original question, "What the heck is a Freakin Incan?"

  • It's a mostly undiscovered gem that serves soul-satisfying Peruvian street food right here in Roswell.
  • It's a comfortable and inviting little spot where you can find the best Peruvian food in the Atlanta metro area.

I would tell you more but - right now - I'm jumping back in my car and going to the Freakin Incan to get some empanadas!

Visit The Freakin Incan's listing.

Freakin Incan catering


The Freakin Incan caters from large groups of 500 or more to small get togethers of a few close friends. 

From a pan of your favorite Peruvian dish for a pot luck or family dinner to a corporate event of any size.

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6 Responses to What The Heck Is A Freakin Incan?

  1. Percy May 3, 2016 at 4:58 am #

    Well delivered. I am an el pollo Rico faithful also. Met Chef Arnold a few months ago. World class chef and stand up guy. He is going places.

    • Tom Herod May 3, 2016 at 2:04 pm #

      I agree Percy. Mikiel Arnold is passionate about his food and his business. Nothing but good things ahead for him.

  2. Mariana May 3, 2016 at 10:31 am #

    This place is awesome. You may also want to try Mambos Cafe in Alpharetta for great ceviche and Jalea de pescado. As for Peruvian rotisserie chicken, Panaderia Jalisco in Lawrenceville is delicious but it is topped in my opinion by Las Brasas in downtown Decatur. Just some tips from a Peruana. Enjoy!

    • Tom Herod May 3, 2016 at 1:31 pm #

      Thanks for the tips Mariana. I’m going to try out all of them.

  3. Bev May 3, 2016 at 1:04 pm #

    I’m not a great fan of international cuisine, but this spot sounds like a winner that I must visit. I suspect I will soon be a fan of Peruvian rotisserie chicken!

    • Tom Herod May 3, 2016 at 1:29 pm #

      Believe me Bev. You won’t be disappointed.

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