DC Dish of the Day – Lomo Saltado – Lauriol Plaza

Lauriol Plaza’s Lomo Saltado – April’s DC Dish of the Day

Where can I get it?

1835 18th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

How much?
$14.20 (entree size)

Ingredients: Prime tenderloin strips with fresh tomatoes, cilantro, onions, jalapeno peppers, potatoes and special Peruvian green sauce. Served with white rice and black beans.
Why it’s so Good:This dish, like most of my favorite dishes is full of flavor and has some amazing textures. It also stands out on their menu, being that most dishes are Mexican in origin and this one’s Peruvian. It’s also a dish my wife and I will both get when we go there – without fail. Which is something I normally hate doing, since I like to try her meal and she mine… But when at Lauriol, our “Lomo Pact” goes into effect.
If you don’t know anything about Lomo Saltado, it’s one of Peru’s most popular dishes, and one of its national ones. It’s unique because it has Asian influences mixed in, giving it a kind of Chinese-Latin-American flavor. Think of it as stir fry with super tender beef. Then add in some veggies, a bunch of Mexican spices & peppers, and finally throw some homemade french fries in. Yes, I just said french fries.
But that’s not all. The most special thing about this dish is the spicy green sauce given on the side. You usually see this sauce at , but the Mexican-focused Lauriol nails the flavor profile down.
After asking a handful of waiters what’s in it and getting a different answer each time, I’ve decided it’s just honey mustard and jalapenos blended together — that’s it. But don’t take my word for it – see for yourself! It’s really that good, and don’t think it’s served with any other dish there. Nor should it be. It goes perfectly with the Lomo.

Bottom Line: While Lauriol gets a bad rap for its long waits, almost always crowded lobby area, and mediocre Mexican food, I personally believe that all gets cancelled out once you’ve got your free basket of homemade chips & salsa, a pitcher of frozen swirl margarita, and end the night with a plate of Lomo. Plus it really is a great spot to sit outside in the city and hang with friends — as long as you don’t mind being a sardine for 1-2 hrs waiting for your seats.

Trust me I know the feeling, I’ve been there at least 50 times.

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