Jaymar Colombian Breeze

348 Main St.
Gaithersburg, MD 20878


Neighborhood: Gaithersburg

Cuisines: South American

Opening Hours:
Open Tuesday through Saturday 11 AM to 8 PM; Sunday 11 AM to 6 PM; Closed Mondays.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Not Needed

Best Dishes:
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

Price Details:
Starters, $4.75 to $10; entrées, $14 to $23

Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups, Breakfast

Scene: Outdoor Seating

Cheap Eats 2010: Jaymar Colombian Breeze

100 places that offer great food at low prices.

Why go: If only for the novelty of its Colombian cooking, this Kentlands cafe would be worth the trip, but the roster of dishes—mounded platters of meat with two and sometimes three sides—makes clear that this mom-and-pop place is more than a curiosity.

What to get: Cornmeal-crusted empanadas with a gently spiced mixture of beef and potatoes; grilled arepas filled with hot scrambled eggs; bandeja paisa, a veritable buffet on a plate, with several varieties of meat (chorizo, skirt steak, pork cracklings), stewed beans, rice, plantains, avocado, an arepa, and an egg—fortunately, quantity doesn’t eclipse quality.

Best for: Unapologetic carnivores. Vegetarians be warned: There’s nothing here for you.

Insider tip: On Sundays the kitchen makes ajiaco, a rich confection of stewed chicken, chicken broth, four kinds of puréed potatoes, and corn on the cob—well worth a trip.

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