Address: 100-F Gibbs St., Rockville, MD 20850
South American, Peruvian
Opening Hours: Monday through Thursday 11 to 9, Friday and Saturday 11 to 10, Sunday 11 to 7.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Rockville
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Asado de tira, a short-rib steak; anticuchos (marinated, grilled beef hearts); chorizo sandwich with a garlicky chimicurri; chicharrón (twice-fried pork) with one side dish; alfajores (shortbread cookie flavored with anise and filled with caramel); tres l
Price Details: Sandwiches $6.50 to $8.50, entrées $7 to $15.
The pollo ala brasa is estimable, but it’s what comes
after the ampersand in the name of this order-at-the-counter cafe that
garners it a spot on our list—and makes it a prime pick for dinner before
a movie at Rockville Town Square.
Seafood is king in most Peruvian restaurants, but the emphasis
here is on the grill—from a chorizo sandwich to a marinated short-rib
steak, asado de tira, that offers the savor of a T-bone. If you
leave without an alfajor, a shortbread cookie with dulce de
leche, you have extraordinary willpower.
Also good: Chicharron; aguadito de
pollo soup; chicken sandwich; black beans and rice.