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Lomo Saltados: Where to find tasty portions?

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I have some friends that rave about this meal. Where in the DC metro area can I find some sources of this South American Treat?

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  1. I'm pretty sure it's on the menu at Guardado's in Bethesda. While I haven't tried it there, I've liked pretty much everything I have tried there. (Also note there's a sticky for a B'more meetup at a Peruvian restaurant).

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    1. re: Doh

      I have been to La Canela and have had the Lomo there. My wife's family is from Peru and I have traveled there with them. They all agree that La Canela is very good and very authentic.

    2. The best I've had in the DC area is at a place called Antojitos in Old Town Gaithersburg. If Old Town's lack of English intimidates you, Flor De La Canela makes a good version as well.

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      1. re: reiflame

        Flor de la Canela is recommended to us as the best Peruvian food by our Peruvian contractors. We haven't been but we're going to Lima in a week so we'll try it there and then compare when we get back.

        1. re: Ericandblueboy

          Their second location, La Canela, is even better than Flor de la Canela, though also more expensive.

          El Chalan in DC near the World Bank does a spectacular Lomo Saltado.

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          La Flor De La Canela - CLOSED
          117 N Frederick Ave Ste 3, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

          El Chalan Restaurant
          1924 I St NW, Washington, DC 20006

          La Canela
          141 Gibbs St, Rockville, MD 20850

          1. re: DanielK

            yes, they did say La Canela is the best. Being owned by the same people and not having been to either, I don't regurgitate as well.

            1. re: DanielK

              El Chalans lomo is not even remotely close to "spectacular". Small, no searing of the steak, soft fries, average aji. Average is the word that comes to mind. If that is the best this area has to offer move to NY.

              1. re: csabo

                What place do you recommend?

                1. re: csabo

                  I just tried Costa Verde too. Fries were soft, steak was chewy. Also this had a thicker "gravy" than I have ever seen on a lomo. And for $14?? Pass. The search continues. So far the best of 3 is La Cabana.

                  1. re: csabo

                    Ovaerall, I think the food is better at Machu Picchu than La Cabana, but I have not had the Lomo Saltado at La Cabana. You should try Machu Picchu on Leesburg Pike near Bailey's X-Roads.

          2. The Hispanic population of the Springfield, VA area tend to congregate at La Hacienda on Backlick in the Brookfield Plaza. Really good food....

            1. I had a really good one at Inti on 18th St. They specialize in chifa Peruvian food. And the pisco sours are to die for. I also recommend getting the antichuchos de corazon - the grilled beef heart. Nice and juicy and as someone that has never had beef heart before I recommend it. Just note that sometimes the servers can get a bit overwhelmed, but the food in my opinion is worth it.

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              INTI Peruvian Restaurant
              1825 18th St, Washington, DC

              1. For a great Salvadoean version, try Las Placitas, at Barracks Row, 8th st. SE.

                1. If you are in NoVa, then check out Machu Picchu in Bailey's X-roads. High quality throughout the menu, including excellent squid in its own ink, fish chorellano, recolte relleno and various ceviches. BTW, Lomo Saltado is a Chinese-Peruvian dish whose 'secret' ingredient is soy sauce.

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                  1. re: Steve

                    I have to agree....Machu Picchu is probably the best one out here. Some of friends are Peruvians and they always go to this restaurant to celebrate and you have to try stuffed potato appetizer. The other one close to it is Kam Po. It's a mixture of Peruvian and Chinese. Pretty good.

                  2. La Canela is very good, but a hike for some. Best place closer to DC, according to my Peruvian in-laws, is "The Chicken Place" (much, much more than "pollo") in Wheaton, on Univ Blvd near corner of Georgia.
                    Been there a million times. Nothing fancy to look at, but I've never been disappointed in the food. Lomo saltado is "just like mama used to make" back in the old country.

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                    1. re: Sal Gee

                      Wheaton is "closer to DC" than Rockville by probably 500 feet. Not sure how La Canela would be a hike but The Chicken Place is considered close.

                      And not to knock TCP, but these are not comparable restaurants. TCP is a homey dive. La Canela is an upscale sit-down restaurant.

                    2. Samantha's on University Blvd in SS and Azucar up Layhill Road in SS/Aspen Hill (same owner as Samantha's). They are great but I can't vouch for authenticy.