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100 Best Restaurants 2012: La Limeña
From soulful bistros to high-gloss steakhouses, there's lots of good eating in DC, Maryland, and Virginia
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published January 23, 2012
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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

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The area's Peruvian culture is growing, and more Peruvian restaurants are popping up in Virginia and Maryland. This modest storefront is a soulful spot with vibrant, generous cooking and a familial feeling.

Owner Emma Perez is gradually transforming her strip-mall hole in the wall into the low-key Peruvian bistro she has long dreamed of running. The result is a place where sophisticated and casual mix comfortably, where you can opt for elegant surf (a stunning tiradito, its slices of marinated raw fish fanned atop vivid yellow-pepper purée) or homey, hearty turf (a juicy strip steak topped with a fried egg and flanked by potatoes and oiled rice).

What to get: Anticuchos, skewered, marinated beef hearts; ceviche garnished with soft sweet potatoes and salty fried corn kernels; causa, squares of soft-cooked potato stuffed with chicken salad and avocado; fried whole trout with sliced garlic; aji de gallina, shredded chicken mixed with egg, olives, garlic, and white wine, served over rice; papa rellena, lightly fried potato stuffed with seasoned meat.

Open daily for lunch and dinner. Inexpensive.

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