Cheap Eats 2013: La Caraqueña

Quick reviews of ethnic cuisines you can experience for less than $25 a person, tax and tip included.
Cheap Eats 2013: La Caraqueña
Diputado sandwich at La Caraqueña. Photograph by Matthew Worden.

It’s attached to a dingy-looking motel, and the dining room is only a bit bigger than a walk-in closet. But Raul Claros’s surprisingly refined interpretations of Chilean, Bolivian, and Venezuelan fare are fit for a swank downtown restaurant. Fight the urge to order a main course—the best stuff comes early, such as standard-setting arepas and fabulous black-bean and peanut soups. Finish with the virtuosic cuatro leches cake.

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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.

Anna Spiegel
Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.