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Ecuadorian restaurant

chupis Mar 16, 2010 09:53 AM

Finally, a restaurant that serves authentic ecuadorian dishes close to home. I recently came across El Aventurero restaurant in Gaithersburg. The restaurant serves mainly Mexican dishes but on the weekends and if you order 1 day in advance you can have your choice of just about any Ecuadorian delicacy. Upon entering, you are graciously greeted by the owner who will offer you the menu listing several typical Ecuadorian dishes. I ordered the hornado and la frita, both perfectly made. It's a great reassurance to know that there is finally a restaurant close to home serving great food. Hopefully, the restaurant will last and the public will support it, preventing it from going under, as so many others have done in the past.

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    Steve RE: chupis Mar 16, 2010 10:11 AM

    How does this work? Can you call in? Is there an online menu? IIUC, you can order on a Saturday and eat Sunday or order Friday and eat Saturday?

    What is hornado and la frita? What other items do you think we shoulf be clued in on?

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      aventurero.restaurant RE: Steve Mar 26, 2010 04:37 PM

      YES you can put your order by phone is:(301)3305620
      http://picasaweb.google.com/aventurer... fritada is Fritada is another delicious dish from Ecuador, this is a typical plate from the Sierra or Highlands (Quito, Loja, etc); its full name is “fritada de chancho” which literally translates as pork fry-up, though the meat is actually cooked in water and orange juice until the water is reduced and the meat is browned in its own fat
      hornado is Hornado is a typical dish from Ecuador and is usually sold at stands or markets, most of these places will roast the whole pig, which is usually roasted in a large outdoor clay oven. Also, the original recipe uses a typical drink made from fermented corn called chicha instead of beer, and also uses lard instead of butter

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      MakingSense RE: chupis Mar 16, 2010 10:02 PM

      Do they have cuy?

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        hill food RE: MakingSense Mar 16, 2010 10:34 PM

        or even better a choose your own Cuy option? great hit with the kids.

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          MakingSense RE: hill food Mar 17, 2010 10:48 PM

          You could even take home the skin that way. Like this guy in VA did the other day - except he got arrested.

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            hill food RE: MakingSense Mar 18, 2010 12:15 AM

            heh, I always thought the idea of wearing a hide was a joke. a reputable professional would have provided a far more discreet and believable alternative...

            if I ever find myself in Ecuador I will try Cuy. (but maybe tell myself it's the equivalent of Cornish game hen or bunny, with which I have no problems)

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              MakingSense RE: hill food Mar 18, 2010 10:39 PM

              Tastes a lot like rabbit. It's often grilled on spits over an open charcoal fire, sometimes alongside the highway.
              KInda disconcerting when it's plopped on your plate with its paws and rodent head still attached.
              Actually really good when it's cooked well.

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                hill food RE: MakingSense Mar 19, 2010 01:32 AM

                my recoil was based more on the idea of the improvised toupee.

                and I actually would like to see how a choose your own Cuy pen (ala lobster tank) would work here - not well I imagine.

                1. re: hill food
                  MakingSense RE: hill food Mar 19, 2010 10:08 PM

                  Sort of pointless. They all look alike. They sell them live in the markets in the Andes. Not in the tourist places like Otavalo, but in the back country.
                  I've never really seen the point of pick-your-fish or pick-your-lobster. I even hate that custom in Asia where they bring something live to your table just before they kill it.

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                    hill food RE: MakingSense Mar 19, 2010 11:41 PM

                    I think it's sort of silly too, just liked the idea of picking out a guinea pig and how a 7 year old might react.

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          chupis RE: MakingSense Mar 17, 2010 11:33 AM

          Sure do

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          vivinator RE: chupis Mar 17, 2010 06:46 AM

          let's not forget the Ecuadorian restaaurant in Baltimore


          La Cazuela Restaurant
          1718 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21231-2476
          (410) 522-9485‎

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          1. re: vivinator
            chupis RE: vivinator Mar 17, 2010 11:32 AM

            Unfortunately, La Cazuela shut down. I went there last week and the restaurant space is completely vacated, the phone number is disconnected as well.

          2. Bob W RE: chupis Mar 19, 2010 08:19 AM

            Not sure how close you are to Chantilly but Don Churro Cafe has several Ecuadorian dishes on its unique (to this area) pan-South American menu.


            1. aventurero.restaurant RE: chupis Mar 28, 2010 06:04 PM

              Thanks for visiting us.

              1. aventurero.restaurant RE: chupis Mar 29, 2010 12:36 PM

                thanks for visiting and support our restaurant

                1. aventurero.restaurant RE: chupis Apr 1, 2010 12:59 PM

                  Hola we will offer the Fanesca tipical soup on good Friday from Ecuador tradicion on the Aventurero Restaurant located on Gaithersburg call 301-330-5620.

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