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 small, bright cafe is filled with Latinos who know a good deal. Portions are big, with steaks sometimes covering the plate. But don’t come for pizza—despite the sign out front, the place doesn’t sell any.
What to get: Chicken or beef salteñas, eggy dough encasing semisweet stews; humintas, a sweet version of tamales; lomo, a stick-to-your-ribs dish of steak and eggs plus fries and mashed potatoes; sopa de mani, a restorative soup flavored with beef broth and peanuts.
Best for: Hearty appetites.
Insider tip: The menu says salteñas are available weekends only, but they’re sometimes offered during the week as a special.
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