Cheap Eats 2011: Carbón
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Address: 100-F Gibbs St., Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 301-251-1944
Neighborhood: Rockville
Cuisines: South American, Peruvian
Opening Hours: Monday through Thursday 11:30 to 9, Friday 11:30 - 10 and Saturday 12:30 to 10, Sunday 12:30 to 8.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Rockville
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
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.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Food Specials, Outdoor Seating

Carbón is Spanish for charcoal, and at this quick-service cafe, the pleasures of the grill take precedence over the cooling ceviches, tiraditos, and salads that dominate the menus of most Peruvian restaurants.

Lilian Clary, who also owns the stylish La Canela down the street, opened this smaller sibling as a showcase for the street foods she grew up with in Lima: anticuchos, grilled medallions of zestily marinated, thinly sliced beef heart; asado de tira, a well-seasoned short-rib steak that packs more savor than many expensive cuts; and grilled chorizo slathered with chimichurri and stuffed into a bun.

The dessert menu changes frequently but usually includes a wedge of house-made chocolate layer and tres leches cakes and superlative alfajores, anise-flavored shortbread cookies filled with dulce de leche.

Also good: Half rotisserie chicken (dark meat); black beans and rice; fried plantains; fried yuca.

Open daily for lunch and dinner (Sunday till 7).

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