Cheap Eats 2007: La Granja de Oro
Comments () | Published July 13, 2007
La Granja de Oro
Address: 2920 Annandale Rd. , Falls Church, VA 22042
Phone: 703-534-5511
Neighborhood: Falls Church
Cuisines: Seafood, South American, Peruvian
Opening Hours: Open daily 11 to 7.
Nearby Metro Stops: East Falls Church
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Ceviche; chupe de camarones; picante de mariscos; pan-fried, head-on trout; garlic-marinated short ribs; lomito al vino; alfajores.

Machu Picchu meets Studio 54 at this endearing place where the tablecloths resemble Peruvian shawls and “Devil Woman” plays on Muzak under a disco ball.

This little restaurant sets itself apart with charm—note the Sizzleresque salad bar—and flavors that are fresh and intense. A bracing relish of corn and raw garlic tops cold mussels vinaigrette, and squid and scallops have the right texture in richly sauced cau cau de mariscos.

Main courses offer the sort of big, satisfying, reasonably priced productions—a special of steak smothered in peppers and red onions, a whole fried trout with lemon—you seldom find in midlevel American restaurants. An alfajore sandwich cookie makes a perfect ending: two tender shortbreads filled with dulce de leche that’s a dead ringer for Milk Duds.

To get the full disco effect, go on a weekend, when the Muzak gets replaced by live salsa and merengue.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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