100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: La Limeña
The dining room at La Limeña in Rockville, Maryland. Photograph by Chris Campbell.
Comments () | Published February 19, 2013
100 Best Restaurants 2014 100 Best Restaurants 2013 Cheap Eats 2012 Cheap Eats 2010 Cheap Eats 2011 100 Best Restaurants 2012

La Limeña
Address: 765-B Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 301-424-8066
Neighborhood: Rockville
Cuisines: South American, Peruvian
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 11 to 9, Friday and Saturday 11 to 10, Sunday 10 to 9.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Rockville
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Anticuchos; chupe, a shrimp, rice, and corn soup; Peruvian-style ceviche; rotisserie chicken; fried trout with yuca and rice; causa, chicken salad between soft-cooked potato; alfajores cookies.
Price Details: Dinner entrees $10 and under
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

You can eat Peruvian chicken anywhere these days. You come here to explore the multifaceted cuisine beyond pollo a la brasa—from tiradito (lime-marinated tilapia atop yellow-pepper sauce) to grilled beef hearts (imagine a hanger steak with slightly more chew) to rich aji de gallina (chicken in a sauce of egg, white wine, and garlic). And don’t allow the steam of a sizzling steak trailing through the room to divert you from the fish, particularly the ceviches and the whole fried trout blitzed with shaved almonds.

Potatoes are a Peruvian staple—the country counts 700 varieties in its diet—and the kitchen transforms them in myriad ways. Most memorable is an appetizer called causa—tender squares of potato sandwiching a rich paste of tuna—but wherever potatoes turn up on the menu, order them. Don’t miss: Papa a la huancaina (potatoes in a sauce of bread, cheese, and wine); lomo saltado; Cuban sandwich; alfajores (anise shortbread with caramel); lucuma ice cream. Open: Daily for lunch and dinner. Inexpensive.

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013
Subscribe to Washingtonian

Discuss this story

Feel free to leave a comment or ask a question. The Washingtonian reserves the right to remove or edit content once posted.
blog comments powered by Disqus

Posted at 09:00 AM/ET, 02/19/2013 RSS | Print | Permalink | Comments () | Washingtonian.com Restaurant Reviews