Chile has a distinctive cuisine, one in which the influences of Europe and indigenous traditions are both prominent. Chile is known for its fantastic seafood, grilled meats (think Patagonia), stews and pasteles, empanadas, corn, beans, potatoes, exotic tropical fruit (lucuma and chirimoya), pisco, and excellent wines.
To a casual observor, Chilean food might seem similar to Peruvian food. Though they do share similar growing climates and geography, Chilean cuisine has evolved separately and is quite unique. Peruvian food may enjoy a certain trendiness right now, but Chile has more to offer than just delicious wine.