CUISINE Mexican, Salvadoran
PRICE Under $12
HOURS Open for lunch and dinner daily.
NVM AWARDS None
NEARBY METRO None
By Warren Rojas
With economical daily specials, a new quick carry-out counter and friendly servers, there’s plenty to love at the cheery Blanca’s in Falls Church.
The unassuming restaurant specializes in both Salvadoran and Mexican cuisine—although the ultra-flattering Mexican dishes seem to be just a tad better here than they are at other dual-natured eateries.
For starters, the twice-baked tortilla chips are perfect for scooping up a homemade salsa loaded with real tomatoes and onions.
In a hurry? The kitchen whips up daily deals of beef burritos, tacos and more for just $6.50 a pop. And at the new quick lunch counter—a hot cart stocked with favorites like crispy fried fish, plump taquitos, crunchy pork chicharron and shredded flank steak—on-the-go patrons can put together a mobile meal (consisting of protein, rice and salad) in a flash.
The less harried should take some time to sample the beef taquitos, flaky rollups featuring shredded beef wrapped in a baked tortilla, typically served with smooth guacamole and gobs of sour cream (ask for homemade curtido, spicy Latin coleslaw, for additional heat). Chicken quesadillas summon soft tortillas wedges stuffed with shredded chicken, bubbling cheese and plenty of Mexican spice, all served with a flavorful pico de gallo, a tomato-onion mix.
Assorted burritos are typically huge—carne asada is best, bursting with shreds of savory flank steak; the ground beef version bulges with piles of zesty beef—and come draped in melted cheese, a cooling mound of sour cream, and some of the best refried beans (charred to perfection) in the area. The chicken chimichanga is just as fantastic if not better, bearing a crispy tortilla filled with shredded chicken, potato slivers, lettuce and a delicious cream sauce (very satisfying, and again, comes with the wonderful refried beans and rice).