Jaymar Colombian Breeze
348 Main St.
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Cuisines: South American
Open Tuesday through Saturday 11 AM to 8 PM; Sunday 11 AM to 6 PM; Closed Mondays.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Beef empanadas; arepas with beef, cheese, fried eggs, or red beans and rice; bandeja tipica (a plate of rice, red beans, fried egg, plantains, minced beef, and sausages); bandeja paisa (chorizo, skirt steak, cracklings, beans and rice, and plantains); Col
Starters, $4.75 to $10; entrées, $14 to $23
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups, Breakfast
Scene: Outdoor Seating
Why go: Few area restaurants are devoted solely to Colombian cuisine, and this bright family-run cafe—Mom and Dad cook, their daughter and her cousin take orders at the counter—is a friendly spot to try classic dishes.
What to get: Deep-fried empanadas filled with mildly spiced meat and potato and served with a fiery green salsa; arepas, crisp corn cakes filled with seasoned beef, cheese, fried eggs, or red beans and rice; bandeja tipica, a pileup of rice, red beans, fried egg, plantains, sausages, avocado, minced beef, and a mini-arepa; hot cocoa of melted Colombian chocolate with a rectangle of mild white Colombian cheese bobbing on top.
Best for: Lunch or early dinner—the place closes at 8:30.
Insider tip: Besides the usual tres leches cake and rice pudding, there are Colombian desserts such as traditional black cake filled with wine-soaked figs and prunes as well as figs in syrup with Colombian cheese.
Open daily for lunch and dinner.
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