Cheap Eats 2013: La Limeña

Quick reviews of ethnic cuisines you can experience for less than $25 a person, tax and tip included.


The dining room at La Limeña in Rockville, Maryland. Photograph by Chris Campbell.

About La Limeña


You might think it’s another suburban hole in the wall. Emma Perez begs to differ. She has real cutlery, woven placemats—and one of the best Peruvian kitchens. Begin with the tiradito, a display of raw fish atop a vivid yellow-pepper sauce. Then opt for Lima-style street fare like anticuchos (beef hearts with the richness of hanger steak) or construct a meal around the aji gallina (shredded chicken in a wine-and-egg sauce).

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.

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.