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On Mt Vernon Ave, near West Glebe, there is a brand new Bolivian spot with counter service and a menu that is mostly changing daily specials. They aren't serving the full menu yet, just a couple of the specials. I like that they are starting slowly.
I did try the saltenas, one beef and one chicken.
If you've ever seen a gorgeous picture of a saltena with the characteristic ridge on top blackened, this is finally the place that gets it right. The saltenas here are a thing of beauty. The pastry shell is very firm, another plus, and the soupy interior is nice and spicy. The trifecta! In addition to your meat of choice, there are also small cubes of potato and a piece of hard boiled egg. I had mine at lunch, and they were served room temperature. But saltenas are more of a breakfast thing (at least in Bolivia), and they are open at 8am when I assume they would be served fresh out of the oven, which is what I'd prefer. I like the slight chewiness of the small cubes of beef compared to the chicken, so that's where you should start.
I will definitely check them out at breakfast sometime soon.
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