Cheap Eats 2009: El Pike (Pike Pizza)

Great food, low prices, lots of fun

Why go: Plates are as generous and hearty as the welcome at this bright refuge for Bolivians. Comfort food doesn’t get much more comforting.

What to get: Chicken or beef salteñas (weekends only); huminitas, a sweet, steamed corn cake; lomo (steak and eggs); sopa de mani, a wonderful beef-and-peanut soup.

Best for: A savory alternative to brunch; anyone who complains of still being hungry after eating at daintier places.

Insider tip: If you want to try salteñas but have eaten too much steak, do what many Bolivians do: Take some home. Fifteen minutes in a 350-degree oven and you’ve got a satisfying dinner.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.