Cheap Eats 2010: La Limeña
100 places that offer great food at low prices.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano, Kate Nerenberg
Comments () | Published June 9, 2010
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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.
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

Why go: In an area awash in Peruvian cooking, Emma Perez’s storefront operation turns out some of the most assured dishes you’ll find, from meal-in-a-bowl soups and vibrant preparations of raw fish to generously stuffed sandwiches and heaping platters of meat and seafood.

What to get: Ceviche as bright as it is bounteous; creamy chupe de camarones; crispy fried trout with yuca and rice; marinated, skewered beef hearts, tender and crisp from the grill; alfajores, dark caramel sandwiched between anise-shortbread wafers.

Best for: Party-minded groups; grazers; pescetarians.

Insider tip: Don’t be swayed by the rotisserie birds on display up front. They’re one of the few weak spots.

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