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Cheap Eats 2013: La Caraqueña
Quick reviews of ethnic cuisines you can experience for less than $25 a person, tax and tip included.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel
Comments () | Published August 19, 2013
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La Caraqueña
Address: 300 W. Broad St., Falls Church, VA
Phone: 703-533-0076
Neighborhood: Falls Church
Cuisines: South American
Opening Hours: Open Monday and Wednesday through Friday noon to 10, Saturday 11 to 10, Sunday 11 to 9.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: East Falls Church
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Fried arepas with egg, carne mechada, or served plain; salteñas; corn salad; black-bean soup; sopa de mani (peanut soup); black beans and rice; diputado, (steak sandwich); cuatro leches cake.
Price Details: Starters $2.49 to $8.99, entrées $10.99 to $16.99.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

It’s attached to a dingy-looking motel, and the dining room is only a bit bigger than a walk-in closet. But Raul Claros’s surprisingly refined interpretations of Chilean, Bolivian, and Venezuelan fare are fit for a swank downtown restaurant. Fight the urge to order a main course—the best stuff comes early, such as standard-setting arepas and fabulous black-bean and peanut soups. Finish with the virtuosic cuatro leches cake.

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  • piginspandex

    I thought the food here was very decent, though a bit overpriced (like, $9 for ONE arepa, though granted it's pretty filling), and was just thinking about how much I wanted to come back when a COCKROACH ran across my table, bold as you please. If there are cockroaches in the dining room, I'd hate to see what the kitchen looks like. It's too bad, this is a yummy mom-and-pop but they need an exterminator. More like La Cucaracha.

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