$30 Groupon for lunch or dinner
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.
$15 for $30 Worth of South American Fare
The menu includes tapas such as papa rellenasâ€"â€"fried mashed potatoes stuffed with ground beef and Andean spices ($6.99)â€"â€"and entrees such as chicken milanesa ($12.99), marinated shrimp sautÃ©ed with onions and tomatoes ($15.99), and churrascoâ€"grilled steak with french fries and plantains ($16.99).
Don Churro CafÃ©
Fausto Garces gives South American transplants more than one reason to visit his restaurant, Don Churro CafÃ©. In addition to authentic dishes from Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, and Spain that earned Don Churro CafÃ¨ recognition as one of the regionâ€™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 â€œfÃ¹tbolâ€ in Latin America, and as â€œdangerousâ€ in antique stores.
The dining roomâ€™s yellow walls and floors are offset with royal-blue wall sections, matching seat cushions, and a bright painting of Quitoâ€"â€"Faustoâ€™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.