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Adventures in Chowhounding, Chapter 1


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Adventures in Chowhounding, Chapter 1

Bob W. | Jan 4, 2002 03:51 PM

My New Year's resolution this year is to take a page out of Tyler Cowen's playbook and start trying interesting looking joints here in Northern Virginia, places that appear to be flying well below the radar.

First stop: Luzmila's Cuisine, Broad Street, Falls Church. Went in without even knowing what kind of food they serve. Turns out to be Bolivian. First visit was just for takeout. I got a cheese empanada, one chicken saltena, and one beef saltena.

The cheese empanada ($0.90) was terrible. A dry, tasteless turnover.

Saltenas ($1.90 each) are apparently the national fast food of Bolivia. A bit of an acquired taste, I think. Saltenas are also turnovers (the pastry is slightly sweet), filled with a soupy mixture of small cubes of meat, peas, hard boiled egg, and olives. Oh, the soupy filling is also kinda sweet. So it's sweet and salty and tangy, plus you can add some incendiary green hot sauce to the mix. These might have been great saltenas, but I can't say. What I can say is that I don't crave another saltena.

Anyway, next visit was better. I ate in and chose from the very interesting list of entrees "pique macho." This consists of a gigantic pile of marinated rib-eye and andouille sausage served over french fries. The whole thing is topped with sliced onion, tomato, and the ubiquitous hard-boiled egg. I took the onion, tomato, and egg off, and ate the rest. Quite tasty! The meat is very tender and the fries were also good. If you like fries in gravy you'll really like this. Two people could easily share one of these for lunch. Price: $9.00.

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