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.

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