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Authentic Food at a Hidden Lake Anne Restaurant

by Karen Goff August 6, 2014 at 9:30 am 4,564 12 Comments

Blanca Campos cooks and serves food to a customer at Lake Anne Mini Market and Deli

There is a spot at Reston’s Lake Anne Plaza that serves authentic Latin American food and is open seven days a week.

We would tell you about it, but it has no name.

Lake Anne Market and Deli — the stand-alone convenience store at 1645 Washington Plaza — is mostly a bodega, but in the back of the store you will find Lake Anne Market employees cooking fresh specialities from El Salvador, Mexico and other Central American countries, as well as Tex-Mex versions of popular dishes.

Lake Anne Mini Market & DeliOwners Rogelio and Wendy Martinez installed the kitchen about four years ago. The food service counter has caught on with the neighborhood’s Latin American population — as well as Lake Anne-area residents in the know about the the quality empanadas, pupusas and tacos.

Earlier this summer, the market began selling some of its specialities at a table across the parking lot at the Saturday Reston Farmers Market. It has boosted business in a big way, said Rogilio Martinez.

“We make everything fresh,” he says. “We make the tortillas right here, at the same time you place your order.”

Some of the customer favorites:

  • Tacos Tipicos — Three chicken, beef or pork tacos served with black beans, slaw and fresh avocado slices. ($12.25)
  • Steak, chicken or cheese enchiladas ($10.50)
  • Sides of yuca (5.00) and fried plantains ($4.25)
  • Cheese enchilada platter ($9.50)

Food is available to eat-in at a counter and one table or take out.

The market is open 9 a.m. to midnight every day.

  • LaurieTD

    I have enjoyed those empanadas at the Farmer’s Market but didn’t realize where they came from! Thanks for telling us.

  • christopher

    Food takes a while for them to prepare but hands down the best s
    Latino food I’ve ate! Tastes just like moms cooking.

  • Chuck Morningwood

    $12.25 for 3 friggin’ tacos?!? Como? Nosotros estamos locos?

  • john

    I hope they have food service license ?

    • Rogelio Martinez

      Of course we have food service license. We opened our Deli four years ago and have passed all the requirements to sell food.

      • john

        but, do you have a certified FC manager

      • Lucas Gale

        YOU didn’t opened it. It’s Wendy’s family tradition…

  • RevolutionSummer

    Will have to try it. Do you have carne asada burritos…like you would find at almost any little tacos shop in San Diego?

  • Thanks for letting us know about this! Aunque normalmente hacemos nuestra comida en casa, es bueno salir de vez en cuando y comer lo que otros han preparado. Mi familia y yo vamos a aprobar esta comida pronto.

  • LC

    Is there a place to find the whole menu that is available?

  • Melissa Frank

    This place is Great!! The food is authentic and FRESH. I would like to first say that the real cook that started this restaurant is Wendy’s mom and she has passed the tradition to her daughter approx 4 yrs ago. I got to meet her when she was operating the store with Wendy and always had a friendly smile on her. Rogelio is a great helper and has managed to become involved in the family’s businesses. I strongly recommend the empanadas 🙂

  • sam a

    food here is amazing and the cook ladies are super. i can always count on them to feed me delicious home cooking style foods whenever i show up hungry and weakened by the forces of hunger.

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