The Finest ‘First Day Again From Trip’ Meal

This submit initially appeared within the May 10, 2021 edition of The Move, a spot for Eater’s editors to disclose their suggestions and professional eating ideas — generally considerate, generally bizarre, however at all times somebody’s go-to transfer. Subscribe now.


For some cause, determining what my first dinner ought to be after arriving dwelling from out of city has at all times been a fraught inside debate for me. We may attempt to hit a restaurant on the drive again from our journey or from the airport, however I’m often a bit worn out and simply wish to get dwelling. Ordering supply, like pizza or Chinese language, appears like an excellent lazy choice, but additionally indulgent after I’ve spent lots of time consuming out over a number of days. I may cook dinner one thing pseudo-healthy, however odds are there aren’t lots of groceries within the fridge. I may pull a meal out of the freezer, however that may be just a bit anticlimactic for Final Day of Trip consuming.

Enter Peruvian rooster.

Pollo a la brasa locations are a dime a dozen within the space of Northern Virginia the place I reside. It’s positively doable to place collectively a takeout order loaded with fries and yucca, however I are inclined to go the route of principally specializing in the rooster and its fabulous accompanying inexperienced sauce, after which augmenting with sides like salad or beans if I’m feeling a bit gross after journey. (My husband tends to haven’t any such qualms, so we sometimes find yourself with some fries in our order, or chaufa, which is the Peruvian tackle fried rice.) Peruvian rooster joints right here have at all times had fast service — even in pre-pandemic instances — so there’s no actual have to name forward. You’ll be able to cease by for takeout in your manner dwelling if you already know you’ll be ravenous by the point you pull into your driveway. It’s additionally fairly reasonably priced, so justifying the expense is simple even should you stretched your restaurant finances whilst you have been out of city. Nevertheless it nonetheless feels festive, and it means I can put off cooking for a minimum of yet one more evening.

An order of Peruvian rooster additionally units me up for fulfillment for the remainder of my week. I’ve by no means ordered lower than a full rooster for the 2 of us, so which means leftover meat might be eaten for lunch, folded into rooster salad, or repurposed in any variety of methods, even earlier than I’ve time to restock my fridge. Sides can play the same position: Regularly, my breakfast the subsequent day will both be an omelet made out of chaufa or some stewed beans with a fried egg on prime.

However Peruvian rooster is extra than simply our no-brainer post-travel meal (which is an effective factor, since journey isn’t precisely a frequent factor today). We decide it up every time the world appears to get the higher of us and cooking simply appears like an excessive amount of effort. Huge fail within the kitchen? Work went till 8 p.m.? The pork roast I ambitiously defrosted now simply seems to be unappealing? Peruvian rooster is the reply.

When you aren’t fortunate sufficient to have entry to Peruvian rooster near the place you reside, I’m sorry to your loss. A store-bought rotisserie rooster may accomplish lots of the same goals as you put together for that dreaded first week again from being out of city, however I can’t promise that it will likely be fairly as satisfying. Possibly should you make your own green sauce? Although that feels like an terrible lot of labor after simply getting again dwelling.

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