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xpatticakesx Feb 19, 2009 07:27 AM

ISO: yummy yucca fries in the Montgomery/Prince George's County areas.

There are so many posts about the yummy Peruvian chicken places, but I'm more in love with the yucca fries than the chicken. That said, I suggest a list of all the places in the area that sell good yucca fries (and hopefully green sauce too). Can you help? I've got a craving that I wish to cure :)

Crisp & Juicy
Don Pollo
The Nibbler

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    xpatticakesx Feb 20, 2009 10:10 AM

    Sardis in Beltsville today had various-sized yuca fries at lunch today. A nice basket of them for $3 and free green or yellow sauce. The yuca was too dry and fibrous, and the yellow sauce was wayyy to mustardy for my liking. The green sauce appeared to be hot pepper paste. I didn't try the chicken at all but at least I got to eat some yuca even if it wasn't the best.

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      xpatticakesx Feb 20, 2009 06:42 AM

      Alas I got done with errands too late last night and couldn't make it in time for yuca. I'll try again today.

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        CoconutMilk Feb 19, 2009 05:16 PM

        The best yuca fries I have ever had were at Taqueria Nacionale in DC. They are unlike any in the area. The fries are smooth and creamy in the middle, as opposed to dry and starchy like most Peruvian Chicken joints. Also, the outside is wonderfully light and crisp. They don't need a dipping sauce, but you could dip them in the salsa verde there if you wanted to.

        And to be honest I havent been there in a few months so It would be great if you could go and tell me if they are still sublime!

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          justaddwater Feb 19, 2009 05:51 PM

          You are absolutely correct, these are the best yuca fries anywhere. I believe they boil them prior to frying, softening up the insides. Most peruvian joints sell hard yuca fries that just don't compare.

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            mselectra Feb 19, 2009 05:54 PM

            Do you know if they always have them, or if it's a special? I don't remember them on the menu when I've been there, and I'm pretty sure I would have ordered them -- but I haven't been in a really long time.

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              xpatticakesx Feb 20, 2009 06:41 AM

              Oh a good reason to go to DC! Surely I've never had yuca fries to die for and this sounds like the place! Were they reasonably priced?

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                CoconutMilk Feb 20, 2009 06:53 AM

                As i recall they were 2.50 for only about 5 or so very large yuca fries. But totally worth it for the yuca junkie.

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                FoodieMcGee Feb 20, 2009 06:57 AM

                Agreed - Taqueria Nacionale serves some of the best yuca fries I've had! My Peruvian father concurs. La Canela and La Limena are also good bets, but they are restaurants, rather than a take-out joint like Taqueria Nacionale.

              3. kubasd Feb 19, 2009 01:50 PM

                el pollo rico on columbia pike in arlington has very good ones. crisp on the outside, soft inside, with a great spice. Ask for extra of the green sauce for dipping.

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                  Dennis S Feb 19, 2009 03:20 PM

                  EPR is:

                  - on Columbia Pike now? What cross street?
                  - Does Yuca now? I remember they only did fries (though it's been 3+ years since I've had the good peruvian chk from them)

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                    mselectra Feb 19, 2009 05:52 PM

                    That's what I thought too. I'd be more inclined to make the trip if they had fried yuca. Maybe someone will clarify.

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                      xpatticakesx Feb 20, 2009 06:40 AM

                      Can someone check on the yuca fries status at EPR? I too have heard they only have fries. Maybe certain locations started on the yuca?

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                        MikeR Feb 20, 2009 08:47 AM

                        There's more than one El Pollo Rico (maybe related, maybe not). The one near Clarendon (Fairfax Drive) only has french fries, but they're usually really good fries.

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                          Dennis S Feb 20, 2009 08:59 AM

                          That one and the one in Wheaton were under the same ownership. Hence my two questions.

                          MikeR - you can confirm that the Arlington location is still just fries?

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                            MikeR Feb 20, 2009 12:09 PM

                            When you order a 1/4 chicken at the Arlington EPR, they ask "with everything?" and that includes fries and slaw. Honestly, I've never noticed whether yuca was on the menu. It may be available as a side dish. I don't think I've ever seen anything but fries on anyone else's plate thought.

                            I think some of the best yuca I've had was at that cursed place at Bailey's Crossroads that was Joe's Pizza for a long time. The Mediterranean chicken place that was there a couple of tenants ago. But no more.

                            Edy's Chicken & Steak has yuca, but it's usually been dry, so I've given up and order french fries there. But since I like the chicken at El Pollo Rico better than Edy's, it's not much of an issue these days.

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                    Lauman Feb 19, 2009 12:52 PM

                    I would cross Crisp & Juicy off your list. We had their yuca fries a few days ago and they were dry and tasteless. They're basically just a vehicle for getting the sauce into your mouth. And, frankly, I didn't find the sauce all that great either.

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                      xpatticakesx Feb 20, 2009 06:38 AM

                      Which C&J do you go to? I usually frequent the Leisure World location and love it and have been told by my best friend that the Rockville location is even tastier.

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                        Lauman Feb 20, 2009 02:13 PM

                        We went to the Rockville Pike location. The chicken was good. The yuca and hot sauce left a lot to be desired, in our opinions.

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                          1FASTMF Feb 21, 2009 12:50 PM

                          Last time I went to the Leisure World location the parking lot had such deep divots in the asphalt, that when parking, the front wheels of my car dipped into glossed over holes and my intercooler pipes smacked the cast curb :( :( :(

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                        xpatticakesx Feb 19, 2009 11:09 AM

                        Yuca, not yucca, I stand corrected.
                        I'll be sure to try La Canela and Chicken on the Run when I get the chance! I heard there's a place called Sardis in Beltsville that I'm trying tonight, so there will be many yuca fry days ahead

                        1. DanielK Feb 19, 2009 08:36 AM

                          La Canela in Rockville has truly fantastic fried yuca.

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                            homesmax Feb 19, 2009 09:59 AM

                            Chicken on the Run in Bethesda...St. Elmo between Old Georgetown and Woodmont.

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                            mselectra Feb 19, 2009 07:40 AM

                            I don't have any good ideas for you, and this is nitpicky, but I think you're asking for yuca (cassava) not yucca.

                            And I love yuca fries too (and prepared other ways), so looking forward to responses.

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                              cabster Feb 19, 2009 07:48 AM

                              Caribbean Grill on Lee Highway in N. Arlington?

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                                Dennis S Feb 19, 2009 07:59 AM

                                Their's are good, and they have a different set of sauces - similar but different. This is my new favorite place.

                                I hate to say it, but Guapo's actually has the best fried yuca I've ever had, but that's hardly a reason to go (and they skimp in quantity).

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