South American cuisine incorporates elements from around the globe, including Chinese cooking techniques from the West, Spanish tapas from the East, and cocktails cooled by icebergs from the South. Taste all the cardinal directions with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $10 for $20 worth of South American lunch or dinner
- $20 for $40 worth of South American lunch or dinner for four or more
The dinner menu includes tapas such as papa rellenas, or fried mashed potatoes stuffed with ground beef and Andean spices ($6.99), as well as entrees such as chicken Milanesa ($12.99) and churrasco—grilled steak with french fries and plantains ($16.99). The lunch menu includes select entrees as well as sandwiches such as the De Pernil with pulled pork, lettuce, tomato, and onions ($7.99).
Don Churro Café
Fausto Garces gives South American transplants more than one reason to visit his restaurant, Don Churro Café. In addition to authentic dishes from Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, and Spain that earned Don Churro Cafè recognition as one of the region's Best New Restaurants by Northern Virginia Magazine in 2009, the restaurant entertains sports fans by broadcasting soccer matches from South American nations. Diners gaze at twin plasma televisions or a pull-down projection screen as athletes play the sport known as "fùtbol" in Latin America, and as "dangerous" in antique stores.
The dining room's yellow walls and floors are offset with royal-blue wall sections, matching seat cushions, and a bright painting of Quito––Fausto's mountain-clad Ecuadorian homeland. Illuminated by hanging light fixtures, lime-marinated ceviche and crispy plantains cleanse the palate before entrees rife with grilled pork belly, chorizo, and certified Angus beef arrive. Fresh, marinated fish filets come grilled alongside rice and patacones or buried beneath a creamy signature seafood sauce.