I'm going to Chick'N Pollo in Columbia for takeout chicken, but I'm grabbing their house-made cookies on the way out the door.
It's a really simple dessert with a cookies on top and bottom and a caramel layer inside. Think upscale Oreo with a dusting of powered sugar to boot. As noted in the comments below, they're called alfajores, and they're normally displayed right next to the cash register.
These are a treat for $1.95. They also make flan in house.
Although Chick'N Pollo offers the standard Mexican sodas, it also offers one soft drink with a real Peruvian flavor. Apparently, chicha morada is a common Peruvian soft drink made from purple corn. A New Jersey company bottles it under the "Chicha Limena" brand, and you can buy them from the counter.
On the plus side, Chicha Limena appears to be all natural -- listing ingredients of water, sugar cane. purple corn extract, pineapple, lemon, cinnamon and cloves. But I have to say it's an acquired flavor. Pineapple, lemon, cinnamon and cloves make for a subtle flavor and then an aftertaste that is more unusual than refreshing to me. But that was just my first bottle. I'm sure Peruvians would be shocked by their first taste of my Diet Dr. Pepper as well.
(Update: I fixed the name and the price based on the comments below.)
There are lots of comments on my first post about Chick'N Pollo -- many positive, but some real critics of Peruvian chicken. There are some mythical places closer to DC with loyal followers. I think this is a great takeout dinner. Mrs. HowChow likes the chicken, but it isn't one of the meals that gets her most excited.
6470 Freetown Road
Columbia, MD 21044-4016
NEAR: This is in the back side of the Hickory Ridge Village Center. It is off Cedar Lane north of Rte 32. You can park around back, or you can park near the Giant and walk through the center. Very convenient.