Dirt Cheap Eats 2009: Don Churro Cafe
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Don Churro Cafe
Address: 13905-B Metrotech Dr., Chantilly, VA 20151
Phone: 703-378-1211
Neighborhood: Chantilly/Centreville/Clifton
Cuisines: South American, Peruvian, Argentinian
Opening Hours: Monday through Thursday 11 to 9, Friday and Saturday 11 to 10, and Sunday 10 to 9.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Ceviche mixto; arepas; llapingachos, fried rounds of mashed potato; parillada; churros with dulce de leche.
From the cheery logo, you might think this is yet another slick Tex-Mex chain restaurant. You’d be wrong. The dining room is a warm space outfitted with Ecuadorian art, and the cooking could convince you an abuelita was working the stockpots.

The menu is long and probably too sprawling (it attempts to represent the Andean countries and Spain), but what’s good is very good. Choices include a shareable, brightly flavored Peruvian-style ceviche ($13.95), good arepas ($3.50 to $5.95), and a parillada for two ($43.95) that could satisfy four; featuring crusty-edged ribs with chimichurri, a surprisingly tender flank steak, and coarse-ground, chili-stoked Argentinean sausage, it amounts to a gaucho’s night of gluttony.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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