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Ecuadorian Cuisine in Washington DC

PICANOO Oct 14, 2007 05:21 PM

I am going to be in Washington in November, are there any good Ecuadrian restaurants in Washington DC?

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    Steve RE: PICANOO Oct 14, 2007 07:49 PM

    The people who run La Choza in Fals Church/Merriefield, VA are Ecuadorian. They also have a spot in the Food Court at Ballston Common Mall. From the extremely short menu at the Mall, you would not know they are Ecuadorian, and the food has all of the charm of the mall itself. Supposedly the menu at the restaurant is more elaborate, but I've never been.

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      Just Visiting RE: Steve Oct 16, 2007 05:11 AM

      I'd be eager to try it if only to learn what Ecuadorian cuisine IS! We spent three weeks in Ecuador last year, mostly in the Andes, but in a few of the lowland/coastal towns and cities, too. We were surprised to find that the food in all regions was so bland. They seem to use no spices at all, and we found no distinctive dishes or foods (e.g., like pilbil in Mexico).

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      Jason1 RE: PICANOO Oct 16, 2007 05:44 AM

      If you'll have a car, Baltimore is about an hour North of DC, and La Cazuela in Fell's Point has absolutely terrific Ecuadorian food in a nice setting.

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        AnneBird RE: PICANOO Jun 21, 2008 04:54 PM

        Thank you for the question and the answers! I will try out these places soon and report back on authenticity!

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          Whitemarshjohn RE: PICANOO Jun 22, 2008 07:37 AM

          If anyone hits La Cazuela in Baltimore in the near future you might want to mention to them that their website does not seem to have the proper meta tags or something - in plain English, you cannot find their website doing a google search. My "better half" and I really liked La Cazuela when we ate dinner there and would like to see them do well.

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            Hal Laurent RE: Whitemarshjohn Jun 22, 2008 02:22 PM

            Whitemarshjohn, you need just a tiny bit of work on your web skills. A google search for "La Cazuela baltimore" returns a Chowhound post by you (and your fiance) as hit number 7.

            The number 1 hit is confusing, though, as it shows a map of the address of La Cazuela in Fells Point, but the link is to the website of an Atlanta chain named La Cazuela.

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            AnneBird RE: PICANOO Jun 22, 2008 10:44 AM

            I just checked La Cazuela's menu (http://www.gabirecords.com/lacazuelai...) and everything sounds really good! I grew up in Ecuador so I am really excited about the possibility of this place!

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              Whitemarshjohn RE: AnneBird Jun 22, 2008 11:21 AM

              Good job finding La Cazuela's website. La Cazuela is one of those places where I always hope and pray that they can stay prosperous since they have great food and they are just a Mom and Pop restaurant.

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