Previously known as Don Arturos, this small Bolivian restaurant located at 2716 Washington Boulevard was acquired by a young entrepreneur, Jorge Alborta in 2012. When asked why he wanted to get into the restaurant business he answers, “my sister knew this restaurant was for sale and I’ve liked cooking ever since I was a young boy. It was an easy decision.” In his native Bolivia, Jorge explains there are many soups that are part of the Andean cuisine and he wanted to replicate that at Sibarita. They offer a different soup each day including the famed sopa de mani (peanut soup). Did you know this is a dish George Washington would have had as part of his diet? It’s also said to have been the last meal “Che” Guevara ate before his death in Bolivia. This small gem has more than just soup. As vibrant as the Bolivian flag colors of rich green, yellow and red — so are the dishes, repeating these intense colors with diced onions, tomatoes and a variety of meats. One of Jorge’s recommendations is the barbecue for four (parrillada para cuatro). But bring your appetite as it has everything from short ribs and chicken to Argentine sausage, peeled & sliced potatoes, rice and homemade salad.
Sibarita may only have five employees, a small kitchen and a tiny parking lot, but don’t let the small footprint fool you. The plates are bursting with homemade flavor, and as you walk into the hallway, you’ll discover a hidden room with seating for an additional 35 in the back. It’s clear that Jorge’s objective is to ensure you walk away a happy client having enjoyed an authentic meal in a gratifying atmosphere. He’s currently creating a tropical oasis on the patio with plans to add a full tiki bar at the rear of the patio serving the famed Bolivian cocktail chufly (singani, splash of Sprite and freshly-squeezed lime), margaritas and mojitos.
Several of the employees travel by foot, and one waitress (Carmen) travels by bike as often as weather permits. Others carpool as much as possible making this staff a true Car-Free Diet team. Many of the patrons have commented how easy it is to get to the restaurant. With Capital Bikeshare two blocks away, Metrobus & ART Bus lines just outside and a 15-minute walk from the Clarendon Metro station — Sibarita is well equipped to receive patrons who want to visit car free. And that’s a bonus given the parking lot only accommodates a maximum of five vehicles.
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