Cheap Eats 2009: Al Carbon
Comments () | Published June 23, 2009
Cheap Eats (2009)

Al Carbon
Address: 200 Park Rd. , Rockville, MD 20847
Phone: 301-738-0003
Neighborhood: Rockville
Cuisines: South American, Peruvian
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Rockville
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Cheese-filled arepitas; beef soup with cassava and plantains; charcoal-grilled chicken with black beans and rice; charcoal-grilled tilapia in banana leaves.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Outdoor Seating
Outdoor Seating

Why go: Venezuelan owner and cook Milvia Dinoran has taken a rundown storefront and created an appealing roadside canteen with Latin cooking, attentive service, and decor featuring Crayola-hued walls and coffee-can planters lining the windowsills.

What to get: Cheese-filled arepitas, mini-versions of the Colombian corn cakes known as arepas, made even better with a swipe of crema and house-made hot sauce; beef soup with chunks of meat, cassava, and green plantain in a fragrant broth; charcoal-grilled chicken with black beans and rice; charcoal-grilled tilapia on banana leaves (give it a finishing spritz of lime).

Best for: Big appetites with thin wallets.

Insider tip: This is a small operation, and nearly everything is cooked to order, so the kitchen sometimes runs out of items. Worth seeking out: the house-made sangría and Sunday breakfast, which includes Andean potato soup, eggs, shredded beef, beans, and more for $7.95.

Open Monday through Saturday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Sunday until 7.

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