El Pike (Pike Pizza)
4111 Columbia Pike
Falls Church, VA 22044
Neighborhood: Falls Church
Cuisines: South American
Monday through Wednesday 8:30 to 11, Thursday through Sunday 8:30 to 2.
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
Ignore the pizza part of the name--this colorful cafe specializes in hearty portions of Bolivian cooking. That means that meat and potatoes play lead roles in many dishes, including the comforting lomo, a thin steak with eggs, fries, and mashed potatoes, and asado en olla, sliced beef with a spicy, tomato-based sauce and boiled potatoes. But the true stars of the menu are the salteñas, pouches of dough stuffed with a salty-sweet mix of chicken or beef, olives, and hard-boiled egg.
Adventurous eaters will have lots to choose from, including soups with beef kidney (called riñón) and beef tripe (ranga), both available Saturday and Sunday, and escabeche, pork feet cooked in vinegar.
Also good: Huminitas, sweet corn cakes filled with cheese; sopa de mani, a beef-and-peanut soup; chorizo sandwich.
Open daily for lunch and dinner.