La Limeña

765-B Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20850


Neighborhood: Rockville

Cuisines: South American, Peruvian

Opening Hours:
Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner, Sunday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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.

Cheap Eats 2010: La Limeña

100 places that offer great food at low prices.

Why go: In an area awash in Peruvian cooking, Emma Perez’s storefront operation turns out some of the most assured dishes you’ll find, from meal-in-a-bowl soups and vibrant preparations of raw fish to generously stuffed sandwiches and heaping platters of meat and seafood.

What to get: Ceviche as bright as it is bounteous; creamy chupe de camarones; crispy fried trout with yuca and rice; marinated, skewered beef hearts, tender and crisp from the grill; alfajores, dark caramel sandwiched between anise-shortbread wafers.

Best for: Party-minded groups; grazers; pescetarians.

Insider tip: Don’t be swayed by the rotisserie birds on display up front. They’re one of the few weak spots.

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