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El Pike: One Pick, One Pan

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El Pike: One Pick, One Pan

Steve | May 20, 2004 10:06 AM

Inspired by my own suggestion to try El Pike (Rte 50, near Seven Corners)on the weekend, I found one more item worthy of tremendous praise, and another to avoid.

Aside from their usually spectacular saltenas, I saw on the counter a triangular shaped 'pastry' wrapped in corn husk. I believe it was HUMINTAS, and is a cousin of the Colombian arepa. Made from ground corn and cheese. This was at least as good - probably better- than my standard for arepas, El Buen Gusto in Tamarac, Florida. As where arepas are fried and usually pancake-like, these were baked (traditionally steamed on top of corn cob). They had lots of whole corn kernels. They were absolutley delicious.

Unfortunately, El Pike is strangely not the place to go for steak, although that is an important staple in the Bolivian restaurants here. It comes out gray and rubbery. Better off at Victor's Grill(Falls Church)for steaks or Pike Pizza (S. Arlington)for a knockout steak sandwich.

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