Venezuelan food in DC?
I moved from Boston to DC 4 years ago and am still searching for a restaurant to take the place of my all-time favorite, La Casa de Pedro in Watertown, Massachusetts. (For anyone heading to the Boston metro area, I STRONGLY recommend a detour through Watertown to sample Pedro's FANTASTIC food!!!! http://www.lacasadepedro.com/).
Anyone have any tips for me on a good DC equivalent?
Go to La Caraquena for the tequenones and the domino arepas. They also have reina papeada here which is a good, not great choice. The shredded beef is wet, tough, and salty - like most renditions. Black bean soup is very good. Other good dishes are not Venezuelan, like the saltenas or the sopa de mani. A mix of Bolivian, Chilean, and Venezuelan dishes.
the menu isnt as extensive, but the only place that I know of that serves Venezuelan food is La Caraquena in Falls Church. The arepas are best fried (as opposed to grilled), though I haven't come across a filling that i like all that much yet. The saltenas (not Venezuelan, I know) are incredible, as is the salsa verde.
I've heard good things about the soups, but haven't had any myself.
Check out their website, it has the menu.