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.
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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Ceviche de Camaron
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.
WANT A TRULY UNIQUE CATERING EXPERIENCE?
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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