Cheap Eats 2010: Don Churro Café
100 great places that offer great food at low prices.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano, Kate Nerenberg
Comments () | Published June 11, 2010
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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.

Why go: The energy of vibrant blue walls and cheery artwork is echoed in the food, a mash-up of Hispanic cuisine’s greatest hits—from the Peruvian beef strips called lomo saltado to Colombian arepas to gambas al ajillo, a popular tapa in Spain.

What to get: Ceviche mixto, a colorful tangle of lime-soaked white fish, squid, and red onion; beef empanadas; llapingachos, fried rounds of mashed potato stuffed with cheese and avocado; parrillada, an homage to Argentina with spicy sausage, short ribs, and an herby chimichurri sauce that can feed four; churros, the skinny, ridged tubes of dough that are best with dulce de leche.

Best for: A lively alternative to the area’s ubiquitous Salvadoran/Mexican hybrids.

Insider tip: On Friday and Saturday nights, live music adds energy but makes it hard to hear your tablemates.

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