Cheap Eats 2009: Jaymar Colombian Breeze
Great food, low prices, lots of fun.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 23, 2009
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Jaymar Colombian Breeze
Address: 348 Main St., Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Phone: 301-869-0023
Neighborhood: Gaithersburg
Cuisines: South American
Opening Hours: Open Tuesday through Thursday 11 to 8; Friday and Saturday 11 to 9; Sunday 11 to 7.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Beef empanadas; arepas with beef, cheese, fried eggs, or red beans and rice; bandeja tipica (a plate of rice, red beans, fried egg, plantains, minced beef, and sausages); bandeja paisa (chorizo, skirt steak, cracklings, beans and rice, and plantains); Col

Why go: Few area restaurants are devoted solely to Colombian cuisine, and this bright family-run cafe—Mom and Dad cook, their daughter and her cousin take orders at the counter—is a friendly spot to try classic dishes.

What to get: Deep-fried empanadas filled with mildly spiced meat and potato and served with a fiery green salsa; arepas, crisp corn cakes filled with seasoned beef, cheese, fried eggs, or red beans and rice; bandeja tipica, a pileup of rice, red beans, fried egg, plantains, sausages, avocado, minced beef, and a mini-arepa; hot cocoa of melted Colombian chocolate with a rectangle of mild white Colombian cheese bobbing on top.

Best for: Lunch or early dinner—the place closes at 8:30.

Insider tip: Besides the usual tres leches cake and rice pudding, there are Colombian desserts such as traditional black cake filled with wine-soaked figs and prunes as well as figs in syrup with Colombian cheese.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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