Cheap Eats 2007: El Pike (Pike Pizza)
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El Pike (Pike Pizza)
Address: 4111 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22044
Phone: 703-521-3010
Neighborhood: Arlington
Cuisines: South American
Opening Hours: Monday through Wednesday 9 AM to 11 PM, Thursday through Sunday 9 AM to 2 AM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Chicken or beef saltenas; huminitas; sopa de mani; lomo.
Price Details: Appetizers $1.35 to $6.95; entrées $5.15 to $11.50
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Late Night, Breakfast
Food Specials

Videos of gyrating women in sequined G-strings fill the overhead TV, but don’t let that fool you: This is a family joint, Bolivian-style, with old men at the counter reading Spanish-language newspapers and little kids playing between tables.

The sign outside reads pike pizza, but the only pies here are salteñas, sweet-spicy meat pastries eaten for breakfast or lunch. Grainy humitas (corn pudding steamed in the husk) are a terrific alternative at night. Spice-rubbed beef called laping chews like jerky and will appeal to diners who like a little gaminess. Cumin-fried pork chops are perfectly matched with a crisp Bolivian Pacena beer.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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