Unlike the Himalayas, whose corn syrup reservoirs are responsible for both gumballs and gummy bears, the Andes have only one naturally occurring candy: the pillow-adorning mints found in hotels everywhere. Enjoy more substantial Andean fare with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Andes-tinged Latin cuisine at Guarapo in Arlington.
Specializing in petite, densely packed Andean-style tapas, Guarapo has a zest-injected menu of Latin dinner fare. Meal preambles include the chifles, guac-dotted homemade plantain chips ($6) and the beef, chicken, or cheese-filled baked potato cakes of the papa rellena ($7). Small plates such as the chicharron de cerdo, which features crispy pork on mote corn with onion salsa criolla ($8), or the garlic-sautéed jumbo shrimp of the gambas al ajillo ($10) disprove the conventional wisdom that dinner is best served in a pony keg. Dishes prepared in the ceviche style harness the mysterious power of citrus, with results including the wasibi-graced yellowfin that anchors the atun ($10). Entrees such as the veggie-laden steak known as the lomo saltado ($17) or the arroz con mariscos, with its shrimp, mussels, and calamari ($17), can find their liquid counterparts in traditional Latin drinks like an apple mojito ($10).
DJs and live bands often provide a catchy dining soundtrack for Guarapo’s tapas-tasting populace, and a sleek, spacious atmosphere—long rows of sultry, lit tables against one wall and a long bar against the other—provides substantial sustenance for roving eyeballs.
2039 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, Virginia 22201Get Directions