Cuban Corner
Pork is king at this colorful, casual Cuban storefront.
Reviewed By Cynthia Hacinli
Comments () | Published October 16, 2006
Cuban Corner
Address: 825 Hungerford Dr., Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 301-279-0310
Neighborhood: Rockville
Cuisines: South American, Cuban
Opening Hours: Monday through Thursday 9 to 9, Friday and Saturday 10 to 10.
Nearby Metro Stops: Rockville
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: N/A
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Empanadas; montuno Cubano; puerco asado; masitas de puerco; ropa vieja; vaca frita; Cuban-style red snapper; camerones a la Cubano; tropical fruit milkshake; lemonade; Cuban coffee with cream.
Price Details: Appetizers, $1.25 to $10.99; entrees, $7.69 to $15.99.

From June 2005 Cheap Eats

Cuban rhythms, straw hats, and painted island hues set the scene for this casual Cuban cafe. Food is old-style homey. Start with deep-fried beef- or cheese-and-olive-filled empanadas, then move on to one of the marvelous pork dishes. Puerco asado (roast pork) and masitas de puerco (fried morsels of pork with thin-sliced raw onions) are both worthy, but the showstopper is montuno Cubano, tender chunks of pork sautéed with green olives and onions. For beef lovers, there's ropa vieja, the traditional dish made with shredded flank steak. Even better: vaca frita, a crunchy heap of shredded beef and onions.

Red snapper Cuban-style, with red and green peppers and vinegar sauce, tops the seafood list, along with camarones a la Cubano, shrimp with tomatoes, capers, and wine. Savory rice and beans accompany most plates, though plantains have been a bit scorched of late. Wash it all down with a tropical-fruit milkshake, house-made lemonade, or Hatuey beer, a Cuban-style brew. There's a handful of sweets for dessert, but a cortadito--Cuban coffee with cream--is all you really need.
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