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Aug 20, 2007 08:04 AM

Best Fried Yuca Found

Fellow hounds:The search for the best fried yuca at a peruvian chicken place has ended forever. The yuca at Guapo's on Rte 28 in Manassas is beyond belief. It's the '27 Yankees of fried yuca. Incredibly crunchy on the outside, melt-in-your-mouth soft on the inside. Not in the least bit stringy, starchy, dried-out or otherwise yucky (pun intended). Simply the best around.

We've had yuca from many, many places and after one bite we knew this yuca was different.

N.B. The chicken at Guapo's is ok, but you can do better on that front. But, Guapo's has a much broader menu than most chicken joints, so you can order other stuff to accompany your yuca. Or just get ten orders of yuca.

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  1. I said the same thing about the Herndon location within the past month. Shameful, but true.

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    1. re: Dennis S

      We were trying to figure out what Guapo's does to their yuca to make it so much better than everyone else's.

      Whatever they do, why doesn't everyone else do the same thing? Well-done yuca is manna from heaven.

      1. re: Dennis S

        Pollo Campero also makes a mean yucca, similarly crispy on the outside and meltingly soft on the inside.

      2. Taqueria Nacionale's yucca is also exceptional, best thing there actually. Golden, crunchy exterior with a tender center.

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        1. re: NoVaDog

          I have always found the yucca at El Charrito Caminante to be excellent, like those described above, crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside.

          1. re: johnb

            I also like the yuca (spelled with one "c") at ECC. What I'd really like to find is some boiled yuca with mojo and some good masas.

        2. Oh I so agree. The yucca at Guapo's in Manassas is just unbelieveable. I think the chicken is fine, not world-beating but decent, and I've always kind of liked the ribs. But I'd go there just for the yucca.

          1. This is different from the Tex-Mex chain called Guapo's with locations in Shirlington and on Wisconsin Avenue? (And if so, how did they get away with that name?)

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            1. re: Bill on Capitol Hill

              It's the same owners but a different menu -- this is more of a pollo a la brasa place and it's very informal. Really, it's aimed more at the local Hispanic population.

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