If you got lost on your way to the Rockville train station and just happened by Al Carbon, you might not even realize that this nondescript building houses a delicious restaurant inside. But for those who have been to Al Carbon, it’s obvious: the mammoth wood pile out front is for the wood-fired grill inside, which imparts the restaurant’s distinctive, smoky flavor to every single dish it turns out.
This family-owned Salvadoran restaurant is especially well known for its chicken arepas and grilled fish served with a side salad and a helping of traditional black beans and rice. If you want to go all out, order one of the combination platters, which are meant to be shared among several people and include corn cakes, shredded beef, grilled chicken, and more. Al Carbon serves breakfast, too, and starting as early as six you can order traditional Central American breakfast foods like desayuno tipico to go.
200 Park Road
Rockville, MD 20847