Other City Guides


Tastes Like Bolivia at Café Sazón

hen I met the husband of blogger You Madam, I asked him where I could find the most authentic food from his home country of Bolivia, here in Washington.

Café Sazón in Arlington, and don’t forget to try the api morado,” he said.  I thought it was a dish, but it turns out to be a Bolivian drink that’s usually served with breakfast.

Café Sazón imports purple corn and makes their api morado in-house daily, with fragrant cloves, cinnamon and sugar.  It’s a thick, sweet concoction the consistency of egg nog.  It smells like happy holidays in a cup–perfect for colder months.

This little shop is full of simple pleasures that are fresh, made to order and very well-seasoned.  Silpancho ($7.75) is an authentic Bolivian specialty of tender steak, pounded and battered.  It tastes clean, simply seasoned and much healthier than the country fried steak you’d find at Denny’s.  With fluffy long-grain rice, pico de gallo, two fried eggs and potatoes, this is a filling, satisfying meal for very little dough.

In the event you have room left over, try the flan ($2.49) in flavors like tres leches, coconut and lemon.

Café Sazón
4704 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204

Cafe Sazon on Urbanspoon

Share this post

Mary Kong-DeVito

Founder + Creative Director. Mary grew up in New York where the food-centric city and her family's restaurants were literally her playground. Instead of eating dirt, she ate duck blood and rotten eggs. You never know what you'll find on the sidewalks.Mary is a veteran of the hospitality industry who's worked with numerous celebrities such as Barbra Streisand, Patrick Ewing, Vanessa Williams, Michael Stipe and Jane Krakowski. Her writing has appeared in USA Today, DC Modern Luxury, Washington Post Express, Eater, Scoutmob, Washington Flyer and Washington City Paper.She eats "normal" stuff too, like cheeseburgers. Kangaroo cheeseburgers.


Add yours
  1. Amy 19 October, 2011 at 10:58 Reply

    Funny that you posted this, because Arlington Magazine, which just went to print, is featuring Cafe Sazon in their inaugural issue. It’s supposed to hit stands any day now.

  2. Rachel 17 November, 2011 at 20:55 Reply

    Do you realize they charge $550 to rent out their basement/movie room? I think it’s over priced especially for our neighborhood. Who can afford that? You get soda and popcorn (minimal cost to owners) some “snacks” and you provide the movie. Plus it’s in the basement of a restaurant. I think the owners are out of touch with what their clientele can afford.

Post a new comment