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Mar 16, 2010 09:53 AM

Ecuadorian restaurant

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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  1. 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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    1. re: Steve

      YES you can put your order by phone is:(301)3305620 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

      1. re: MakingSense

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

        1. re: hill food

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

          1. re: MakingSense

            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)

            1. re: hill food

              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.

              1. re: MakingSense

                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

                  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.

                  1. re: MakingSense

                    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.

        2. 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

            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. 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.