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Viilage Kabob in Falls Church and El Paisa in Alexandria - Report

Steve | Oct 16, 201502:54 PM

What used to be a Middle Eastern Kabob House has long been taken over as a Salvadoran enterprise offering pupusas and the like. Unlike other places, though, they kept the kabob side of the menu so it is an unusual hybrid restaurant that served both cuisines.

I stuck only to the Salvadoran side and chose chicharones, which was a very large serving of fried pork chunks. It came with a big helping of curtido, that side slaw that you normally get with pupusas.

It was a good dish, and I can see where this place would serve well for a special set of circumstances in which a family or couple had trouble decided what to get for dinner. Decisions, decisions....

A better Chowhound find is the lunch counter right inside the entrance to El Paisa Market, on Mt Vernon Ave. The prepared food is to the right after you enter, the market to the left. With your selection of tacos, tostadas, enchiladas, etc, you can choose from an impressive variety of curtido - I got one heavy with cilantro. it was rough chopped, very fresh and delicious. The sauces here are also excellent. They made the plate of food sing.

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