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 2011: Jaymar Colombian Breeze

This Colombian kitchen serves heaping dishes of potatoes, cheese, and beef--the type of food that grandmothers cook to put meat on your bones. In fact, the mom-and-pop restaurant--the only Colombian spot in Washington and a nice surprise among its chain-restaurant neighbors--relies on the owners' family recipes.

The arepa--a cheese-filled silver-dollar-size corn cake--is to Colombian cooking what white rice is to a Chinese restaurant: One comes with nearly everything on the menu. On a big platter such as the bandeja paisa--piled with sausage, chicharrĂ³n, carne asada, plantains, a fried egg, and beans--it's a good sponge for mopping up. With buttery scrambled eggs in the all-day breakfast dishes, arepas make for a tasty South American-style twist on a morning sandwich.

Also good: Empanadas filled with potatoes and beef; tamales stuffed with chicken, pork, and beef; ajiaco, a chicken stew.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner.