My Peruvian friend took me to Costa Verde last night and I gave her free reign to order, no holds barred...
here's what we ate:
Ceviche Mixto: Ceviche apparently is big in Peru, and this did not disappoint. A large helping of fish, conch, octopus and squid marinated in lemon juice. really, really good.
Cau Cau a la Criolla: Tripe stew with potatoes and rice. this was almost like a curry in flavor with diced pieces of potato and tripe...also excellent
Arros Chaufa de Pollo: Fried rice with chicken, sauteed with scallions, eggs, and soy sauce. Believe it or not some of the best fried rice I've ever had. Not oily at all, excellent fried rice flavor.
Costa Verde is your typical mom and pop ethnic restaurant, casual, a little bit of native decor, something from their home country blaring away in the background...but the food we had was excellent.
The menu has 8 different types of ceviche, multiple fish entrees, as well as a good selection of chicken and beef dishes. Prices range from $8-$12 for the ceviche and entree $9-$15.
If you live in the Ballston, Clarendon, Courthouse corridor and haven't been you should check it out. It's on the cornor of Wilson and Jackson, right by George Mason Law School.
946 North Jackson Street
Arlington, VA 22201