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Dona Azucena in Arlington - Jam Packed


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Dona Azucena in Arlington - Jam Packed

Steve | Nov 29, 2004 12:54 PM

Just north of Rte 50 on Glebe Rd. sits a Mcdonalds (empty at dinnertime), a KFC (ditto) and a little strip center with three eateries. The parking lot is full and there are cars waiting to park. Monserrat has nobody in it, Mi Pueblo very few, but when you try to open the door to Dona Azucena, you are up against a wall of people trying to get in. All the tables are full, and there's a line three deep waiting to order at the counter.

So what's their secret to success? Low prices, tasty food, and a limited menu of carne asada, papusas, and a few other items. For the high rollers, carne asada tops the menu at $7. They can't produce the carne asada fast enough. Nothing spectacular here, just a good old-fashioned value. Served with a mound of tropical rice and a side salad, the $7 steak dinner is a thin, large, seasoned and blackened piece of meat that keeps the franchises across the street begging for customers.

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