Sip and Bite Encounters with Lynne O’Meara: La Sierra

By: Lynne O’Meara, Southern Maryland Resturants

I have found another hidden gem! Open since last December, La Sierra is tucked away in a business park (Poon’s Business Park) off Old Washington Road in Waldorf. It’s all the way in the back of the park in an unassuming storefront. But what’s inside is amazing! La Sierra has the best classic, authentic Mexican food around!

It is primarily a carryout restaurant, however, there are a couple of counters with bar stool seating for about a dozen diners. Both times I went, I stayed and ate in. Although the inside is not fancy, it has a comfortable, welcoming feel. Everyone is so nice! I met some family members of the owners too! Such a great experience!

Owners Maria and Julia are both from Mexico and they are wonderful! Maria is from Chihuahua (in the north) and Julia is from Veracruz (in the south). They cook the food they know and it’s a good thing they do because it is amazing! Everything they make is fresh, made in-house, and cooked to order. Of note, the corn tortillas are made every morning and are so much better than store-bought!

When I asked Maria why they decided to open a restaurant she said, “Because we love food”. She wants people to know fresh ingredients are important to preparing great food. They care about their customers and it shows!

On my first visit, I had a Barbacoa Taco, Chicken Chilaquiles, Elote (Mexican Street Corn), and Frijol y Queso Pupusa.

The Barbacoa (slow-cooked beef) was tender and flavorful. With lettuce, onions, sour cream and queso, it made the perfect taco! Chilaquiles is a traditional Mexican dish of fried tortillas simmered in salsa to soften the tortillas. It has lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream on top of the chips. The chicken was served on the side, perfectly cooked and was very tasty. The guacamole accompaniment was incredible! Elote is corn on the cob served with crema, butter, cheese, and chili pepper. I’ve never had anything like it before, it was so good! The Frijol y Queso Pupusa is made with refried beans and cheese sandwiched in a tortilla. It is served with curtido (a coleslaw-like “salad” of shredded cabbage and carrot marinated in vinegar) and sauce. It was the perfect balance of filling and tortilla. The refried beans are the best I’ve ever had. I could eat the Pupusa every time!

On my second visit, I had a Carne Asada Taco, Frijol y Queso Pupusa, Chips with Salsa, and Tamales.

Carne Asada is a marinated steak and it was fabulous! I said I could eat the Pupusa every time…well, I’m two for two! I can’t get enough! I also had Chips with Salsa. The chips are the wonderful tortillas, fried! They were salted perfectly and were great! They serve tamales from two different regions of Mexico. The Nortenos (from Northern Mexico) is masa and meat steamed in a corn husk. The Vercruzanos (from Southern Mexico) is masa and meat steamed in banana leaves. The Vercruzanos was my favorite! It was soft and sweet…wonderful!

There are still menu items I want to try! The Tortas (Mexican sandwiches) are made with bread (from a Latin American bakery in Waldorf) and either ham or chicken. The Quesadillas can be made with any of the meat options. The soups are very popular now the weather has gotten colder. I also want to get the Flan. Traditional flan is a custard with a caramel sauce. The Flan at La Sierra is made in-house and I’m sure it is great!

If you prefer to prepare your meal at home, you can purchase tortillas, chips, and meat by the pound.

I’m already thinking about my next visit. Maybe I will get a Quesadilla (not sure which meat yet), chips, and another Pupusa! I’m trying to figure out when I can find the time to go. I might just go tomorrow!

One thing I want to emphasize…this is not a fast-food restaurant. Every order is made fresh. It usually takes about 15 minutes to prepare. Believe me, it is worth it! This food is remarkable! I give the food a 4.9 rating!!

La Sierra is located at 2290 Old Washington Road, Unit 12399, Suite 101 in Waldorf. Their hours are Monday – Saturday 9 am-8 pm and Sunday 9 am-5 pm.

Check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/lasierrallp/

Rating (out of 5):

  • Food – 4.9
  • Service – 4.8
  • Ambiance – 4.0
  • Total – 4.6

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