Cheap Eats 2010: Pueblo Viejo

100 places that offer great food at low prices.

Why go: The keychains handed out here proclaim this the best restaurant in Beltsville. If anything, that’s too modest. The two-year-old diner is one of the best cheap restaurants in the area—an area with no paucity of Salvadoran options. The salsa is made daily from roasted vegetables, a mango-and-papaya juice is perked up with diced fresh fruit, and the saucing has depth and elegance that bespeak a fancier setting. Even an order of taquitos is dressed up with delicate rosettes of sour cream.

What to get:
Bean-and-cheese pupusas; tortilla soup with fresh carrots; taquitos; spinach-and-shrimp enchiladas with salsa verde; a big platter of grilled, spiced meats, including chorizo, short ribs, and skewered chicken; cinnamon-laced flan.

Best for: Dining with the family.

Insider tip:
The salsa is so good you’ll want to order extra to take home; jars are $4.95 to $7.95.

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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 Petworth.