Luciana Café is now open at the northwest corner of P St and North Capitol St. I met the owner, Frank, today and assured him I would return tonight for dinner. I must say, if I could choose only one restaurant for my neighborhood, a rotisserie chicken establishment would be probably take the top nod. (And, as it turns out, this is our only restaurant.) Trips to Mount Pleasant or Northern Virgina (for my chicken fix) can get mightily tiresome.
Do not let the term, rotisserie, disappoint you. Often, people think of the overly-basted, overly-seasoned, deathly-salted, day-old, plastic-enclosed chickens found at any grocery store in America. While the terms, “pollo a la brasa” or “spit-roasted,” used by our favorite Latin establishments have a certain flair, these are just different names for, you guessed it, rotisserie chicken. (Frank, who is from El Salvador, showed me the chickens–they were rotating just nicely over charcoal.)
Menu will be changing (e.g. desserts are on the way), but note that you get 2 sides with a whole chicken.
Currently, they are open from 11:00 – 10pm Monday – Friday, and until 9pm on Saturday and Sunday. Cash only.
Phone number: 202-234-7040. Directions: map.
Update: We opted for a whole chicken with fried yuca and mixed vegetables (total price with tax: $10.85 – and we even have leftovers). Good portion sizes for the sides (which is not the case for most Latin pollo a la brasa restaurants) and you get the typical green and white sauces. Very, very good! We will be regulars.