"We do everything the right way here," said Ivan Amaya, the son and nephew of original owners Isadoro, Roman and Jose. "We want people to experience something a little different than what they might be used to and discover new dishes."It's hard for me to talk about Las Placitas and not get hungry. Having thrived for almost 22 years in DC's competitive restaurant scene, the talented chefs at Las Placitas have perfected their take on traditional El Salvadoran dishes, like pupusas, ceviche and yuca con chicharron. And now, with the expansion of the menu, this laid-back establishment offers a lot more fish dishes. Try the Mojarra Frita. Served Salvadoran style, this fried whole tilapia comes with grilled shrimp, salad and tortillas. "We do everything the right way here," said Ivan Amaya, the son and nephew of original owners Isadoro, Roman and Jose. "We want people to experience something a little different than what they might be used to and discover new dishes." Mission accomplished. Las Placitas not only introduced me to Salvadoran cuisine, but made me want to marry it. Of course, if you're craving something a bit more familiar, Las Placitas also offers up bad-ass Mexican favorites as well, like fajitas, enchiladas and a new platter, Burritos de Carne Asada. It's two, I repeat, TWO burritos filled with fresh-grilled carne asada and smothered in green tomatillo and red chile sauce. Paired with a Las Placitas specialty margarita, and my world became a happier place. "We use lemon and lime, and serve them a little more sweet than bitter," said Ivan. ¡Salud!
El Tipico (chicken or vegetarian option), $12.95
Parrillada al Carbon, $16.95
Yuca con Chicharron, $6.95
Ceviche Mixto, $8.95
Mojarra Frita, $14.95
Margaritas, $5.95 to $7.95
Sunday - Monday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Tuesday - Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Friday - Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m