Founded in 1986 by Sandra Claro, ABI Azteca Grill & Bar has become a popular neighborhood gathering place in the Columbia Heights neighborhood in Arlington. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch an dinner. It especializes primarily in Salvadorean and Mexican cuisine. Their pupusas, a traditional Salvadoran dish similar to Arepas, are highly valued for their taste. They are made by hand using "masa de maíz o de arroz", a cornmeal or ricemeal dough common in Latin American cuisine.
The menu offers a wide selection of appetizers, soups, salads and meat, poultry and seafood dishes. Favorite dishes are Fajitas, Pargo Frito (fried red snapper), Pollo Encebollado (chicken breast sauteed in onions and white wine), and Carne Asada (grilled New York steak. The bar features a happy hour from 3 PM until 7:00 PM. Appetizers and beverages, such as domestic and imported beers and wines and drinks such as margaritas and Sangrias, are heavily discounted.