If you didn’t know to look for it, you might not find La Brasa (12401 Parklawn Dr., Rockville; 301-468-8850), tucked away on an industrial back street off Rockville Pike. If you did stumble upon it, the name—meaning “embers”—would likely lead you to zero in on the spit-roasted chicken.
It’s a worthy bird, but the gem at this friendly cafe is the house-made chicken soup ($6.50) with hunks of carrot and potato and bits of chicken supported by a rich broth that tastes of a long day on the stove.
This article appears in the November 2010 issue of The Washingtonian.
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