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Ecuadorian Cuisine in Washington DC

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

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  1. 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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    1. re: Steve

      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).

    2. 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.

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

        1. 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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          1. re: Whitemarshjohn

            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.

          2. 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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            1. re: AnneBird

              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.