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Nov 14, 2000 03:20 PM

Peruvian in DC

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check out a great article in the Post (from last july) about Peruvian food in the DC article. Written by a Peruvian staff writer for the Post (not a food writer...which is often best!). Use the link below to see the article

She recommends these places:

Cafe Atlantico
405 Eighth St. NW Washington , 20004
Costa Verde Restaurant
946 N. Jackson St. Arlington , 22201
Crisp & Juicy
4540 Lee Hwy. Arlington , 22207
El Chalan Restaurant
1924 I (Eye) St. NW Washington , 20006-2103
El Pollo Rico
2917 Washington Blvd. Arlington , 22201-2115
Mi Peru
18216 Flower Hill Way Gaithersburg , 20879-5300
Super Chicken
422 S. Washington St. Falls Church VA , 22046


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  1. That's probably the best article the Post ever did on Peruvian restaurants. However, they left out Edy's, which is one of the best Peruvian chicken joints in the D.C. area.

    3 Replies
    1. re: Harsha

      Yeah, it's a REAL good article.

      She probably left out Edy's out of politeness. Since they moved to the bigger/fancier location, their quality hasn't been nearly the same. Though I used to love it as much as you (especially their alfajore cookies!)


      1. re: Jim Leff

        I never went to Edy's when it was at it's previous location, so I honestly cannot say how much it has changed. I have tasted much better chicken(the main dish)at the some of the other Peruvian establishments, however, I must say that the Yuca and the Primavera rice at Edy's was some of the best that I've ever had. The Alfajore cookies were good too. I spoke to one of the Thai owners right after they moved, and she told me that the rent at the new location(which was previously occupied by a chicken chain restaurant, and a California Pizza Kitchen before that)was very high. Whether or not the increase in cost of operations affected the cooking...I don't know. I don't mind new fancy locations for ethnic restaurants, as long as it doesn't affect the food. Unfortunately, it seems that the quality of the food usually does go down. There are a few more Peruvian restaurants that were left out in that article. One of them was El Cuzco on Columbia Pike in Falls Church. I went there a couple weeks ago and I ordered the Lomo Saltado, which was pretty good. Overall, all of the food, as well as the service, was good. They only thing I didn't like about the place was that they gave small portions, and that it was over priced(in my opinion). Another one that was left out was The Chicken Place restaurants in Gaithesburg and Wheaton. Some Peruvians consider the Gaithesburg location to be the best Peruvian restaurant in suburban Maryland. But it seems that most people consider El Chalan to be the best one in the Washington D.C. area.

        1. re: Harsha

          Has anyone tried El Dorado/Kam Po on Leesburg Pike near Duangrat's? I'm told they have Peruvian Chinese food w/ the taste very close to what is available in Peru.