Cheap Eats 2012: La Limeña

Cheap Eats 2012

You don’t expect to find beauty when you’re hunting for bargain
meals, but this strip-mall Peruvian is among the most aesthetically
pleasing restaurants in its class. Witness the tiradito—strips of
lime-marinated sea bass fanned out like flower petals atop a brilliant
yellow-pepper sauce.

Nothing else at Emma Perez’s place is quite so gorgeous, but
the power and delicacy of the cooking across the board are stunning. The
strong pisco sours and, for dessert, melt-in-your-mouth
alfajoresenhance the experience. And you still won’t pay more
than you would for a comparable night at TGI Friday’s.

Also good: Ceviche mixto; chupe de
a creamy shrimp soup; anticuchos,grilled beef
hearts; aji gallina, shredded chicken in a sauce of garlic, wine,
and bread; fried whole trout.

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.