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Paila Chilean Grill & Cafe, Casual Chilean on Park Road in Columbia Heights


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Even though I live less than two blocks away, I first learned about Paila from the Washington Post's Good to Go piece a couple of weeks ago--and it's apparently been open since February! I just don't seem to find myself on that block very often, but I will now, having found this promising, new, locally owned restaurant.

The chacarero, one of the sandwiches featured by the Post, was good, dripping with mayo, though it kind of made me wish I was blowing the calories on Fast Gourmet's chivito; it really needs some kind of acid, like escabeche, to cut through the richness, although that might be accomplished by jalepeno, which I opted out of. The cheese empanadas were terrific, served with a sort of pico de gallo. Though they didn't have much filling, the dough was great and well-fried in obviously fresh oil.

I'm so delighted to see so many strong local places opening up in my neighborhood. A belated welcome to Paila!

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Even though I live less than two blocks away, I first learned about Paila from the Washington Post's Good to Go piece a couple of weeks ago--and it's apparently been open since February! I just don't seem to find myself on that block very often, but I will now, having found this promising, new, locally owned restaurant.

The chacarero, one of the sandwiches featured by the Post, was good, dripping with mayo, though it kind of made me wish I was blowing the calories on Fast Gourmet's chivito; it really needs some kind of acid, like escabeche, to cut through the richness, although that might be accomplished by jalepeno, which I opted out of. The cheese empanadas were terrific, served with a sort of pico de gallo. Though they didn't have much filling, the dough was great and well-fried in obviously fresh oil.

I'm so delighted to see so many strong local places opening up in my neighborhood. A belated welcome to Paila!

Note also this 10% off deal on their website.

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