Cheap Eats 2011: La Limeña
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La Limeña
Address: 765-B Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 301-424-8066
Neighborhood: Rockville
Cuisines: South American, Peruvian
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 11 to 9, Friday and Saturday 11 to 10, Sunday 10 to 9.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Rockville
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Anticuchos; chupe, a shrimp, rice, and corn soup; Peruvian-style ceviche; rotisserie chicken; fried trout with yuca and rice; causa, chicken salad between soft-cooked potato; alfajores cookies.
Price Details: Dinner entrees $10 and under
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

The black plastic plates, the picnic utensils--they're gone, replaced by china on woven placemats and real cutlery. But the cooking at Emma Perez's place has always bespoken these sorts of refinements. Her kitchen executes her multi-page menu with confidence and consistency, as adept with surf--a beautiful and delicious lime-marinated tilapia fanned atop a red-pepper sauce, a ceviche that's among the area's best--as with turf. Grilled beef hearts amount to a cheap steak dinner, and the weekend-only ají de gallina, shredded chicken in a creamy sauce of eggs, olives, and milk, achieves a certain alchemy when mixed with its side of rice.

Even if you're stuffed, you can't leave without a bite of Perez's homemade alfajores--anise shortbread cookies filled with caramel. Sublime.

Also good: Ceviche; Cubano sandwich; papa rellena, mounds of potato stuffed with seasoned meat; causa, rounds of soft-cooked potato with chicken salad or shrimp and avocado; fried whole trout.

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

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