Columbia Heights “Hidden Gem” – Los Hermanos

1428 Park Road, NW

Their website says:

“We started out as a small Bodega, a convenient store that sold Latin American products such as Yuca, Plantains, Salami, etc. back in 1995. At the time my brother and I were only ten years old. We worked with my parents on the weekends during the school year and all summer long during vacation. As a family, we grew our small business as any family oriented business would: based on hard work and long hours.

Instead of having us buy junk food from any of the fast food places around, my mom bought a small electric tabletop stove and cooked as she would at home for us and the rest of the family that worked with us including aunts, uncles, cousins, friends of the family.

When the smell of home cooked food from my mom’s makeshift kitchen filled the restaurant, our customers were curious as to what smelled so good. My mom, one of the most lovable moms you could hope to meet, would let those customers taste a little of the Pollo Guisado and Moro de Gandules she had just made. After a few weeks, mom got the crazy idea of maybe starting to sell food. Neither of my parents had any type of experience in running a restaurant type business. But nevertheless the home made Dominican Food put the Bodega out of business so to speak. We now needed room to sit families that would come all the way from Frederick, Maryland to eat the food they missed so much. With time, mom went from cooking 25 pounds of rice a week to the present 300-400 pounds we use today.

The rules were simple: Cook as if you’re cooking for your family at home. That is our goal here at Los Hermanos. It’s our promise that you will feel as if you’re eating right on your mom’s table in the dining room.”

You can see their menu here.

And they have one of the best fish tanks in town:


36 Comment

  • No saltwater fish tank is “the best in town” for a fish. All depend on destructive practices to obtain their captives.

  • That’s how you advertise for a restaurant!! I didn’t see any of the lame buzz words that everyone else uses, I’ll definitely try this place out!

    • Formerly Broken Jaw

      I had the same thought! From the heart, sincere and didn’t sound like it was written by a publicist.

      • That’s because those other restaurants are opened by “investors.” There’s no heart or soul in any of those places. Everyone is hired help, looking to make a buck.
        When a place is opened without any money by a single proprietor or family, grows organically through word of mouth & hard labor, and strives to recreate the best of a culture through authenticity and passion, then you get great spots like Los Hermanos.
        I’m hoping they bought the building before the gentrification and they are there to stay for a long time. It reminds me a bit of Great Wall on 14th Street.

        • There are plenty of good restaurants opened with “investors” ( Meridian Pint & Brookland Pint for two) and plenty of “best of a culture through authenticy and passion” restaurants that suck.

          Have consistent great food & service at the right price and everyone will come. Hard labor, culture, authenticity, passion and growing organically are completely irrelevant.

    • Yes. Compare this with that overpriced, overhyped, mediocre steak place south of dupont whose key highlight in their opening PR was that Kim Kardashian ate at tgeir Vegas location once.

    • One of my favorite weekly spots! Don’t go if you’re afraid of pork or chittlins tho. Tony Bourdane would love it. I only hope it doesn’t get too popular with ridiculous lines now! 😛

  • The food here is delicious, and the owners are super friendly.

  • Love this place. Food is excellent and is also extremely good value — ~$9 for a big plate piled high with Dominican goodness.

  • The food and owners are both amazing. Stick-to-your-ribs Dominican home cooking at its finest! Bacalao, roast pork, mofongo, and If I’m having a bad day, a big plate of chicharones with a squirt of lemon. Oh, and they even have a simple, Dominican style spaghetti, which my son loves.

  • Mug of Glop

    Los Hermanos is ridiculously good! I only wish I worked in/near Columbia Heights so I could make it there for lunch every now and then. I usually get the rice and beans with one or two meats and the fried plantains.

  • This place is fantastic and you can easily make two meals out a single serving at $10 . I still need to try their mofungo, which apparently is made to order and takes a little longer. The pork is delicious though.

  • Becks

    The food is delicious! It is served cafeteria style with four or so vegetables/ rice, and two or three meats. You choose what you want and they plate it. The goat is amazing; as is the brisket! You get a lot of food for the price.

  • This place is awesome! I grew up in the Caribbean and this is as close as it gets to getting comfort food for me. They love when I bring friends from the states–it makes them really happy to share their food and culture with people who are not Hispanic. It is a must try!

  • Never heard of this place before but the menu looks awesome. I will defs be checking it out soon.

  • I’ve never been there, but these comments are making me think I need to check it out!

  • I’m happy to see this post – perhaps Los Hermanos will become less of a hidden gem. And a good reminder that it is open for lunch (and breakfast).

  • Love this place.

  • clevelanddave

    Two words: Breaking Bad

  • the big problem with this place is the fish tank

  • Their food is great – and if that is indeed a fresh-water aquarium full of cichlids I’m happy to stand corrected. The photo is blurry, so it’s hard to tell, but they look more like blennies, wrasses, juvenile angelfish and other saltwater species. I would love to be wrong! Collecting for saltwater aquariums means dynamiting reefs, or injecting Clorox or other chemicals into them to stun the fish. Close to 80% mortality.

  • Done – I’ll check this place out. What are the recommended dishes?

  • samanda_bynes

    Ah! I’ve lived across the street to this place for about six months, and been in here a couple of times, super delicious. Bacalao and the Monfongo are necessary.

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