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Justa's Chicken (Landmark area)

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MikeR Jan 25, 2012 01:18 PM

Not just another Pollo a la brasa place, though they have it (and even offer tortillas as the side). It's a real Peruvian restaurant with a pretty good variety of dishes. It's located in one of those places that keeps turning over restaurants, I believe most recently Saigon Citi, though there might have been something else there in between. Near Little River Turnpike and Beauregard St.

There's the usual lomo soltado, pork chops, short ribs, beef or chicken fried rice, and the less usual tripe and beef heart dishes. Most dinners are in the $14-$16 range, and there are lunch specials for $7 and $8m but only until 2 PM.

It was about 2:10 when I came in and was told that the computer wouldn't let them sell a lunch special after 2. When I said I'd come back another time, a little earlier, the gentleman at the counter (could have been Justa) said he could override it once for me since it was my first time there. I had the Pollo Soaltado lunch - chicken strips sauteed with onions and tomatoes, with (pre-fab) French fries mixed in. The fries were soggy from the gravy, but it gave them a nice flavor and a contrasting texture to the chicken. I don't know how authentic it was, but it was quite tasty and the chicken was tender.

http://www.www.justaschicken.com/

And speaking of places that can't seem to hold a restaurant for very long, it looks like Nataly's, on Leesburg Pike near Bailey's Crossroads, might be kaput. Although their name is still on the side of the building, their name is gone from the sign visible from Leesburg Pike. And just a couple of doors down the pike, Al Jazeer Garden, which never opened, has a new sign with a new name that's too hard to read (Zack13? - not even sure it's in English), and still not open.