Savor authentic Peruvian cuisine at Happy Fish in Tampa

Donuts and cake on a plate

Happy Fish is one of Tampa’s best restaurants, and a resplendent space to experience some of the finest Peruvian cuisine in the state. Stick around for the Picarones (a Peruvian-style doughnut). 

Peruvian cuisine is one of our favorite delights to indulge in in Tampa. Roasted meats are often accompanied by both rice and seasoned potatoes. The four traditional staples of Peruvian cuisine are corn, potatoes and other tubers, Amaranthaceaes (quinoa, kañiwa and kiwicha), and legumes (beans and lupins). 

Fresh scallops on the shell covered with melted parmesan cheese

Happy Fish sets the gold standard with dishes like Olluco de Carne, Peruvian potatoes and beef served with a silo of white rice. The restaurant also serves up a generous ceviche platter along with a delicious version of Pescado a Lo Macho or fried fish with octopus, squid, shrimp served with a rich broth and rice.

Fried cassava sticks served with homemade fresh creamy cheesy mild sauce garnished with a half boiled egg green leaf lettuce and a black olives.

Happy Fish first opened in 2013, and has since introduced the city to Peruvian gastronomy. The gregarious owners wrote the following on their website:

“Thank you for prefering our restaurant; we are proud to have the best fish and peruviand food of the area with the greatest Inca’s secrets and flavors that will make you experience the peruvian gastronomy and culture. Enjoy with your family and friends of our facilities, events, live music performs, and of course, of our quality service and delicious recipes from the heart of Peru. Come and delight your taste. See you soon!”

Fettucine a la huancaina con bistec

Popular dishes:

  • Choros a la Chalaca: Mussels seasoned in citrus juice, topped w / onions, tomatoes and corn
  • Salchipapa: Fried hot dog sliced with fries
  • Leche de Tigre: Tiger’s milk diced fish and onions marinated in lemon juice
  • Chaufa de Carne: Peruvian-style beef fried rice
  • Bistec Romana c/ Jamon y Queso: Palomilla steak topped w/ ham and melted cheese
  • Chupe de Mariscos: Milk and seafood broth mix seafood, cheese and poached egg
  • Picarones: Peruvian doughnuts drizzled w/ sweet syrup

Happy Fish, 4046 North Armenia Avenue


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