La Famosa

Image: Tripleta Sandwich

Last Updated: July 2021

Current Status: Open for sitdown, inside and outside.  Take-out and delivery also available.  Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Overview:  Holding down a back corner in Navy Yard, this open, sunny spot serves Puerto Rican food with care.  The marquee item is the three-meat sandwich (which is not that big) called the Tripleta.  It rightly deserves its top billing.  The mofongo is delivered in wooden pestles that keep it moist, indicative of the aforementioned care [NOTE: Tim’s review below indicates the serving dish has changed].  There are other large plates and sides, not just sandwiches and snacks.  The restaurant is the brainchild of a veteran of the D.C. dining scene Joancarlo Parkhurst, who seeks the food of his childhood memories.  As for many, that food is comforting, “stick-to-your-ribs” dishes. Alcohol is served, and they have a selection of wine, beer and cocktails.  No reservations, but a host will greet you to take you a table.  Ordering and paying is done via QR codes.

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Cuisine: Caribbean
Neighborhood: SE/Navy Yard
Address: 1300 4th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
Reservations: Walk-in

Other Critics/Voices:

Washington Post: Tim did a review/ode in 2022 focusing on the Mofongo.  Tom reviewed it in a round-up of places in November 2020.  Made the 2021 Spring Dining Guide.

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Lori (Been There Eaten That): New Kitchens on the Block preview.

Washington City Paper – Jessica van Dop DeJesus did a piece on the surge of Puerto Rican spots around town.  Then, sadly for us, she left town.