I purchased a Groupon for the trip to Virginia. When I saw that Don Churro Cafe offered South American food, I was sold. We were able to fit in a visit to them after Riley's tour to George Mason University for a tasty lunch.
The restaurant is located in a strip mall along with several other dining options and a really awesome Asian Market (this place was seriously huge!). We arrived for a late lunch and were welcomed in by the waitress. We were allowed to choose any table that was available.
This Pisco Sour was my main reason for wanting to visit the restaurant. I was missing my Pisco's since we had been in Chile and I was so happy to be reunited. This was so delicious and it was a real bargain at the Happy Hour price of $4.50. Looking back, I am not sure why I didn't get a second one. What the heck was I thinking? While sipping this glass of awesomeness, we placed our order and relaxed in the pretty restaurant.
Very pretty decor and it was nice to look around while waiting for our food.
We started off by sharing a Empanada Colombiana ($3.99). This was a corn flour turnover with marinated steak and potatoes. This was fantastic and so interesting since we are more familiar with the Chilean Empanada. The steak was flavorful and a perfect match to the turnover. Think of a thinner version of cornbread stuffed with delicious beef and potatoes.
I ordered the Churrasco Palta ($9.50) which is a grilled steak sandwich with avocado, lettuce, tomato, and mayo. This is served with french fries. This was a really good sandwich and I enjoyed it. However, it was missing my beloved Chilean bread. It is really hard to replicate that bread so the sandwich didn't quite hit my high expectations.
Riley went with Sánduche de pollo saltado ($7.99) which is a marinated chicken breast strips sandwich sautéed with onions, tomatoes topped with cheese. Riley really enjoyed this sandwich and found the chicken especially delicious on this sandwich.
Gabrian picked the Salchi-papas ($5.95) from the kids menu. He was not a fan but I don't blame the restaurant for that. I think he just wasn't that hungry and just wasn't feeling it. It tasted like a fancy cut hot dog to me and I think if he had been hungry he would have enjoyed it.
The boys and I also split a couple of the desserts. We went with the Churros Rellenos / Churros filled with Dulce de Leche ($4.50). This to me was the clear winner of the two desserts. It was freshly prepared and the filling was a thick sweet caramel. The other dessert was the Churro con chocolate caliente / Churro sticks served with a cup of our delicious hot chocolate ($5.50). This was not quite as successful. The hot chocolate tasted like it was watered down. The churros were not made recently (which is a shame because you need to eat a churro right out of the fryer).
Overall, we thought Don Churro Cafe had potential and we would definitely give them another try. If you would like to try them out for yourself, they are located at 13905 Metrotech Drive, Chantilly, Virginia.