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Senor Pan Opens Near Columbia Pike

by ARLnow.com February 14, 2012 at 9:30 am 5,718 33 Comments

A new restaurant has opened near Columbia Pike’s main business district.

Senor Pan opened its doors yesterday at 922 S. Walter Reed Drive. The South American bakery/cafe serves specialty baked goods and coffee, as well as a variety of other dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The menu includes breakfast sandwiches, empanadas, pupusas, and quesadillas. There are sides like fried yucca and fried plantain. And there’s a hot bar where you choose a meat and various toppings and place it either in an arepa, tostada, tortilla, pita, salad bowl or rice bowl.

While Senor Pan is primarily South American, there are other culinary influences at work. Co-owner Andres Vives brings and Italian influence to the restaurant, and Senor Pan’s pastry chef — who hails from France — brings a French influence.

Senor Pan will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • CW

    Does it really not have a tilde or does your character set just not support it?

    • CrystalMikey

      Is the mustache on the sign, the tilde?

      • CW

        I would assume that to be the intent, unless the proprietor of a latin american bakery can’t write in spanish, which I doubt.

    • spell check

      When I first read the headline I thought there must be a typo-the letter “i” was missing… wait-that means it is Senior Pain.

      • OldTimer

        That’s my kind of restaurant then!

  • Patty

    Went yesterday to get my family early valentine’s day treats. I got a carne empanada for myself. It was very good but a tad expensive for the size ($2.99). The prices of the pastries/breads made up for it though. They range from $0.75 to $2.50 and offer a great variety of breads made with alternatives to flour (think tapioca or yuca flour).

  • John Fontain

    Jarritos are only $1 at El Charrito. Papusas are only $1.50 at El Charrito. No comprendo!

    • CW

      Me encanta El Charrito.

  • South Arlington

    Eager to try their arepas. Not expecting them to beat out La Caraquena’s, but it’s nice to have another option in the neighborhood.

    • Arlingtonian

      I’ve never had an arepa but it sounds yummy – what’s the difference between an arepa and a pupusa?

      • nom de guerre

        About $4.50 according to their menu.

      • CW

        My understanding is that the arepa is just the bread itself. It is sort of like a biscuit, cooked on its own and then split and half and filled after cooking. A pupusa is a ball of dough with the filling inside of it already which is pressed flat and then cooked.

        • South Arlington

          It’s kind of the same, the arepa is often a griddled sweet corn cake that is then split and filled with meat, beans, cheese or whatever. They are more like a sandwich. They don’t need slaw to make them edible like pupusas.

      • FedUp

        Arepas are from South America (Colombia and Venezuela). Pupusas are from Central America, specifically from El Salvadro… 🙂

    • ArlRat

      La Caraquena? Never heard of it, please elaborate…

      • South Arlington

        Its on Broad Street in Falls Church. Awesome food. It made the Washington Post dining guide last year, and terrible Guy Fieri did a Diners, Drive-ins and Dives episode on it. Located in a seedy motel, you’d never think of stopping there.

        • ArlRat

          Wow, thanks!! Will Def try it!!

  • Eric

    Food is awesome, I mean really good stuff at affordable pricing. I’ll be back, a lot

  • b-crip

    Pan American on the pike at mason is still the spot

  • Tabs


  • rcn

    It is not Senor Pan, it reads Señor Pan! Alt+164!

    • TCE

      For Windows based computers either of the following will work:
      ñ… alt + 0241 on the number pad
      ñ… alt + 164 on the number pad

      • enya

        and on a Mac is alt-n and then type n again


  • Laura

    Totally agree! The letter is an “ñ”, not an “n”. It’s a separate and distinct letter in the Spanish alphabet. The photos show clearly that it’s, “Señor Pan”. Please change your headline. Thanks!

  • Ron Burgundy

    I’m taking bets on whether that carrot cake was picked up at Costco and put in the display case. That looks extremely similar to the carrot cakes they sell there. Next time I am in Costco, I’m going to count the number of carrots on those cakes.

  • John

    Arepas are Great! Love the Restaurant!

  • Kristy

    In a word…YUM. Definitely a new favorite for us.

  • Lul

    try it today, n not impressed. stuff does not know what they are doing, food is bland, not really any flavor, not authentic. stuff from other countries other than colombia. arepas overpriced. I liked the capuccino though. breads were dry

  • Tabs

    I went in one morning. They were nice, but I agree–clueless. And what I ordered didn’t look like the description (cold chorizo?!) and was served in a big styrofoam container. Ugh.

    • John

      Hi Tabs and Lul:

      Please e-mail me at [email protected] or come by to talk. I’d like to hear more about your feedback. We had been open three weeks when you posted and – as a small, independant restaurant – we have certainly had our share of consistency issues. In any case, we really want to improve and we need feedback to know what to focus on. Really sorry about your experience.

      I’m sorry it took so long for me to reply on here. I just found the comment today as it was way down the page.



  • jose

    pupusas are mostly eaten on the streets of central america made by mostly indegenous cart vendors,very greasy and unhealthy.arepas on the other hand are a much tastier and healthier snack from colombia,the prep and ingredients are much more complex and therefore demand a higher price.no comparison in my book.

  • Kiersten

    Yummy stuff. Staff was very welcoming and helpful. Will be back.

  • Brian

    And closes less than 6 months later.


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