Cheap Eats 2012: Carbón Peruvian Chicken & Grille

Rotisserie chicken at Carbón Peruvian Chicken & Grille. Photograph by Scott Suchman

Cheap Eats 2012

The pollo ala brasa is estimable, but it’s what comes
after the ampersand in the name of this order-at-the-counter cafe that
garners it a spot on our list—and makes it a prime pick for dinner before
a movie at Rockville Town Square.

Seafood is king in most Peruvian restaurants, but the emphasis
here is on the grill—from a chorizo sandwich to a marinated short-rib
steak, asado de tira, that offers the savor of a T-bone. If you
leave without an alfajor, a shortbread cookie with dulce de
leche, you have extraordinary willpower.

Also good: Chicharron; aguadito de
soup; chicken sandwich; black beans and rice.

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.