Peruvian Brothers’ biggest location yet is now running on all cylinders on the ground floor of Amazon HQ2’s gleaming new campus at National Landing. The large love letter to Peru debuted with lunch in mid-October, and dinner joins the mix tonight.
Its Peruvian brothers-owners Giuseppe and Mario Lanzone birthed the brand as a food truck in 2012 and continue to specialize in sizable sandwiches, baked empanadas, ceviche, and other nostalgic flavors that harken back to their upbringing in Lima.
The indoor-outdoor setup (1450 S. Eads Street, Arlington, Virginia) provides more room to honor their heritage via live music, eye-popping murals, and a full bar slinging Peruvian beers, wines, and cocktails. That includes pisco sour slushies, a fan favorite invented at their inaugural brick-and-mortar spot in Union Market’s Latin food hall La Cosecha.
Starting Monday, October 23, Arlington’s extended hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Wednesday; until 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Online ordering for pickup is also available.
Today also marks the start of happy hour (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.), with calamari and wings joining the fold and $1-off beers and Chilcano cocktails (lime, pisco, and fizzy ginger ale). Freshly made chica morada, a Peruvian staple made with vibrant purple corn, is also on tap.
Its newest location is part of Metropolitan Park, the two-tower, 2.2 million-square-foot initial phase of HQ2 that reserves 67,000 square feet for ground-floor retail.
In its 10-year run so far, Peruvian Brothers’ portfolio has ballooned to include multiple trucks roaming the DMV, concession stands at stadiums and theaters, restaurants, and a catering arm that promotes Peruvian cuisine and culture in the U.S. Their food has popped up at politico institutions like the White House, State Department, Capitol Hill, and the Pentagon.
A sprawling mural from local artist Jeff Huntington pays homage to the ancient Inca god of the sun. A wooden model of the BAP Unión, an iconic ship used by the Peruvian Navy to improve diplomacy and trade, was hand-carved by brother Mario Lanzone.
Guests can add Peru’s prized avocado to an array of sandwiches starring proteins like chorizo, braised beef, and salted pork tenderloin.
The menu also opens with rotisserie chicken in half, quarter, and whole portions, plus sides like yuca fries, quinoa salad, and fried plantains. A section of saltados features proteins like filet, shrimp, chicken, and vegetables with rice (or noodles) and fries. A short list of desserts includes flan and doughnut-shaped picarones.
Peruvian Brothers is the latest dining addition to the Arlington area as Amazon’s HQ2 effect starts to take shape. JBG Smith’s open-air Water Park complex just made its anticipated debut nearby with 11 restaurants and bars.