El Pike (Pike Pizza)
4111 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22044
Cuisines: South American
Monday through Wednesday 9 AM to 11 PM, Thursday through Sunday 9 AM to 2 AM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Chicken or beef saltenas; huminitas; sopa de mani; lomo.
Appetizers $1.35 to $6.95; entrées $5.15 to $11.50
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Late Night, Breakfast
Scene: Food Specials
Why go: This oddly named restaurant—there’s not a single pizza on the menu; the name’s from a previous incarnation—is one of the area’s best places to experience Bolivian cooking, from savory pastries and meal-in-a-bowl soups to big plates of beef or pork.
What to get: Chicken salteñas (weekends only), flaky pastry stuffed with a sweet/savory filling of rich tomato broth, potatoes, and meat; zestier beef salteñas (weekends only); humintas, a cakier iteration of tamales; lomo, a thin steak topped with two sunny-side-up eggs with sides of boiled potato, rice, and salad; sopa de mani, a peanut soup; cumin-spiced pork chops.
Best for: Meat-and-potatoes types—steaks are deftly handled here, and many plates come with two to three starches.
Insider tip: Take a look at the check—the tip might be included even for a table of two.
Open daily for lunch and dinner.