Los Wingeez Adds Flavor to Main Street in Berryville

By Rebecca Maynard
Main Street in Berryville recently welcomed a new restaurant that promises to add all kinds of flavor to the town. Los Wingeez, already a successful food truck since 2015, opened in March at 24 W. Main St.
Owner Jose Alvarado worked for years for Navy Federal Credit Union before opening a restaurant with partners in Lansdowne. After parting ways with his partners there, he has operated his food truck since 2015, specializing in authentic Peruvian chicken wings marinated in a secret recipe. However, non-wing fans will have plenty of other options. Los Wingeez will also serve street tacos and quesadillas with a variety of fillings including a vegetarian option, sandwiches, salads, burrito bowls and lomo saltado, a traditional
Peruvian dish.
Everything is organic, gluten and peanut free and non GMO, Alvarado said, and he is also enjoying the sourcing of local ingredients, including honey. Because he deals with food allergies himself, he enjoys making food that everyone can eat.
While the restaurant isn’t fast food, Alvarado said that it is designed to be a quick bite and that most orders are filled within minutes. And unlike fast food, everything is made fresh, including teriyaki and barbecue sauce. Alvarado likes to do things right, said his friend and startup assistant Beth Aldhizer.
“He doesn’t take shortcuts and everything is always consistent,” said Aldhizer, who runs a pet business in Round Hill. “My family and I love
his food!”
Alvarado plans to continue making the rounds in his food truck, where he has regular stops in Herndon, Sterling and Ashburn. However, he is so taken with Berryville that he has found an apartment very close to the new restaurant and looks forward to settling in and meeting people.
“A friend of mine lives here and told me I should come and have a look,” he said. “The people here are wonderful and
so nice.”
Los Wingeez is delightfully decorated with international postcards, cozy pillows, a unique piece of chicken artwork (pictured) and a custom built bar made with local pallet wood with a countertop made from pennies laid like tiles and covered with a
protective finish.
In addition to running the food truck and the restaurant with the help of employees, Alvarado will continue catering for special events. He is interested in the Apple Blossom Festival and hopes that being involved there might bring potential customers from Winchester and beyond
to Berryville.
“I’m going to try to make this a destination,” he said.
The restaurant has room to seat 38 people inside and 16 for outdoor patio dining. Lunch specials will be offered and Alvarado would like to introduce a delivery option. The hours are 11am to 8pmMonday through Saturday, and 12 to 7pm Sunday.
A website is in the works and information can also be found by following Los Wingeez on Facebook, emailing loswingeez@gmail.com or
calling 540-247-9444.
“I’m excited and happy to be in Berryville,” Alvarado said, and Aldhizer can’t praise his cooking enough.
“It’s a really healthy venue and you can taste the difference between store bought and freshly made,” she said. “There’s a lot of love in
his food.”