La Famosa unveiled By Eric Nomis
Batido, cafe frio, piña colada and more fun drinks headline beverage menu La Famosa restaurant opened in Navy Yard this week for all-day feasting. Its owner and chef, Joancarlo Parkhurst, is bringing the flavors of Puerto Rico to the heart of the Capitol Riverfront. The restaurant’s name pays tribute to the canning company Parkhurst’s family founded in 1921.
Menu: variety and tradition A tropical escape for Washington area visitors and residents, La Famosa will indulge guests in an eclectic menu of dishes that hearken back to the island’s history. It’s all here, from small bites to large plates, and traditional Puerto Rican preparations: • Pastelillos –savory and sweet fried turnovers • Bacalaito – a salt cod fritter served with salsa verde • Tripleta – a sandwich made with roast pork, beef and ham; and Jibarito, a sandwich served on flattened plantains instead of bread • Arroz con Pollo – chicken and rice served with beans • Chuleta Kan-Kan – a pork chop served with tostones (plantains) or rice and beans • Mofongo – a quintessential Puerto Rican meal of mashed fried plantains, served with a choice of pork, salt cod, shrimp or vegetarian picadillo • Chillo Frito – whole crispy snapper served with coconut rice and spicy slaw • Yuca En Escabeche – pickled yuca Photo left: Ensalada de Mariscos con tostones. Photo by Scott Suchman.