Cheap Eats 2010: Jaymar Colombian Breeze
100 places that offer great food at low prices.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 9, 2010
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Jaymar Colombian Breeze
Address: 348 Main St., Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Phone: 301-869-0023
Neighborhood: Gaithersburg
Cuisines: South American
Opening Hours: Open Tuesday through Saturday 11 AM to 8 PM; Sunday 11 AM to 6 PM; Closed Mondays.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Beef empanadas; arepas with beef, cheese, fried eggs, or red beans and rice; bandeja tipica (a plate of rice, red beans, fried egg, plantains, minced beef, and sausages); bandeja paisa (chorizo, skirt steak, cracklings, beans and rice, and plantains); Col
Price Details: Starters, $4.75 to $10; entrées, $14 to $23
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups, Breakfast
Outdoor Seating

Why go: If only for the novelty of its Colombian cooking, this Kentlands cafe would be worth the trip, but the roster of dishes—mounded platters of meat with two and sometimes three sides—makes clear that this mom-and-pop place is more than a curiosity.

What to get: Cornmeal-crusted empanadas with a gently spiced mixture of beef and potatoes; grilled arepas filled with hot scrambled eggs; bandeja paisa, a veritable buffet on a plate, with several varieties of meat (chorizo, skirt steak, pork cracklings), stewed beans, rice, plantains, avocado, an arepa, and an egg—fortunately, quantity doesn’t eclipse quality.

Best for: Unapologetic carnivores. Vegetarians be warned: There’s nothing here for you.

Insider tip: On Sundays the kitchen makes ajiaco, a rich confection of stewed chicken, chicken broth, four kinds of puréed potatoes, and corn on the cob—well worth a trip.

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