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dominican and more--Columbia Heights and Mt. Pleasant report

butterfly | Jul 29, 2003 06:25 PM

There's a latino grocery store (Park Rd. between 14th and 16th) called Dos Hermanos. I can't seem to dig up the address, but it's on the end closer to 14th on the south side a couple of doors down from the Vietnamese markets. I've been charting its progress over the past months as it has gradually changed from Salvadoran to Dominican. The old place used to do pupusas and such, but the new place offers much better prepared food for take out (from a steam table on the right side at the back of the store).

They have very good roasted chicken (pollo horneado), bacalao, rice with pigeon peas, empanadas, cassava bread, and a whole host of other good home cooking. Definitely worth a try if you live nearby.

Also, the old Little Giant diner in Mount Pleasant--that was run for over thirty years by the Turkish Amernian brothers, Simon and Arthur--is now going to be a Dominican/Cuban/Caribbean place called Havana SOMETHING (sorry, I've forgotten the full name). I stopped in for breakfast this morning, which was just standard stuff--waffles, french toast, eggs, etc.--but their lunch and dinner menu looked Dominican with some Salvadorean thrown in for good measure. They just opened a few days ago and are still getting things up and running. The owner said he is going to add a sandwich counter soon and promised Cuban sandwiches, so that's something to look forward to...

And the Korean-owned chinese take-out next door on Mt. Pleasant street now offers Korean food. I haven't had a chance to try it yet, just thought I'd keep the 'hounds posted.

And, finally, I have to put in a plug for the empanadas at Heller's bakery. They only offer two or three varieties, but they just keep getting better and better. I had the chicken today and it was very flavorful.

Oh, and yet another last thing. Last Sunday when I was walking home, I saw a man shaving snow cones from a block of ice on the southwest corner of 16th and Columbia. They looked great and I am truly kicking myself for not trying one, but I was already eating an horchata popsicle (from one of the markets on Columbia Rd--Colmenita?) and didn't want to be a glutton. There are also a several taco trucks parked in that area on the weekend that need to get 'hounded.

So much to eat so little time...

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