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Bad Chancla

Latin American

Capitol Hill

$$$$Perfect For:LunchSerious Take-Out Operation

This small sandwich shack on Capitol Hill is best used as a quick mid-day snack or light bite before heading into Montana for a long night of whiskey sours—even if Bad Chancla's small portions leave you wanting more. 

Everything happens before your eyes in the lively counter-service shop as the sandwich press sizzles and the wafts of peppery cumin fill the room. There you’ll find a lot of flavor in options like the “riki taki” sandwich with sofrito-spiked picadillo beef and soft slices of hardboiled egg. The ropa vieja bowl has a nice zip of pickled onions, too. But the sandwiches are tiny and the rice bowls are overloaded with grains. Bad Chancla certainly has pit-stop potential—we just wish we felt fuller after leaving.

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