A Favorite Boardwalk Sandwich From Santo Domingo Arrives in Northeast D.C.
The family behind Los Hermanos sells Dominican “CHIMIS” at their new restaurant, Mecho’s. On the famous Malecón de Santo Domingo, the pier that runs parallel to the Caribbean Sea in the capital of the Dominican Republic, vendors push street carts stuffed with chimichurris, the island’s tropical take on boardwalk burgers and sandwiches that roll out once the sun goes down. For twin brothers Aris and Raymond Compres, chimis evoke memories of nighttime strolls with their parents.
When they opened their second D.C. restaurant, Mecho’s Dominican Kitchen, earlier this year off U.S. Route 50 in Northeast, they wanted to serve chimis to distinguish it from their other place, the long-running Los Hermanos in Columbia Heights.