Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups, Breakfast
This Colombian kitchen serves heaping dishes of potatoes, cheese, and beef--the type of food that grandmothers cook to put meat on your bones. In fact, the mom-and-pop restaurant--the only Colombian spot in Washington and a nice surprise among its chain-restaurant neighbors--relies on the owners' family recipes.
The arepa--a cheese-filled silver-dollar-size corn cake--is to Colombian cooking what white rice is to a Chinese restaurant: One comes with nearly everything on the menu. On a big platter such as the bandeja paisa--piled with sausage, chicharrón, carne asada, plantains, a fried egg, and beans--it's a good sponge for mopping up. With buttery scrambled eggs in the all-day breakfast dishes, arepas make for a tasty South American-style twist on a morning sandwich.
Also good: Empanadas filled with potatoes and beef; tamales stuffed with chicken, pork, and beef; ajiaco, a chicken stew.
Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner.