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There is now a satellite Jarochita in Arlington from the original taqueria in Manassas. It replaces a Colombian market and restaurant on Glebe just north of Rte 50. It is in a small strip with two pupuserias, Dona Bessy and Dona Azucena.
The market is bigger than the counter-service restaurant. When I looked at the menu, I was skeptical they could possibly offer such an extensive array of items in such a small space. But roadside diners do it, so maybe Jarochita can do it too.
They were out of the first item I asked about, albondigas. I wound up trying tacos de buche (stomach), carnitas, and a sope al pastor.
The buche was the star, and it was nolo contendere. If anyone is worried about ordering buche, this would be the place to try it. It is very tender and has a nice pork flavor. Nothing 'icky' about it. The carnitas are finely shredded and crispy ( I do not like this style) and the al pastor comes out as crispy niblets. In both cases, the pork flavor is lost. Tacos are hefty and only $2.50. The sope is a whole meal at $4.50.
Unfortunately, the tortillas come out very oily as does the sope. I can see where this place has value for trying some of the less gringo-certified animal parts. As well they make tortas, so that is another vehicle, surely less oily, for trying out their wares.
I will go back to try some of the other choices.
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