Jaymar Colombian Breeze
348 Main St.
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Cuisines: South American
Open Tuesday through Saturday 11 AM to 8 PM; Sunday 11 AM to 6 PM; Closed Mondays.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
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
Starters, $4.75 to $10; entrées, $14 to $23
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups, Breakfast
Scene: Outdoor Seating
This tile-lined storefront specializes in hearty all-day breakfasts, Colombian style. The bandeja paisa is the grand slam of the bunch—packing onto the plate a slab of grilled steak along with pork sausage, cracklings, rice, beans, avocado, a cheese arepa, sweet plantains, and a fried egg. In the calentado, a fried egg tops white rice clinging to red beans—it’s a simple, homey pleasure, as is the carrot-and-pea-studded arroz con pollo. An ensalada de aguacate is unremarkable on its own, but the raw vegetables balance out the stick-to-your-bones stuff.
Also good: Cheese-stuffed sweet plantain; arepa con queso, fried corn cakes with mozzarella; chicken and pork tamales.