A festive Cuban spot with a twinkling outdoor terrace.
Reviewed By Cynthia Hacinli
Comments () | Published October 16, 2006
Address: 1201 Fidler Ln., Silver Spring/Takoma Park, MD 20910
Phone: 301-563-4020
Neighborhood: Silver Spring/Takoma Park
Cuisines: South American, Cuban
Opening Hours: Monday through Thursday 11:30 to 9, Friday and Saturday 11:30 to 10, and Sunday 11:30 to 9.
Nearby Metro Stops: Silver Spring
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Plantain chips; yuca rellenas; chicharrones; black bean soup; cream of green plantain soup; roast pork; ropa vieja; pan-fried shredded steak with mojo; red snapper with Pernod and peppers; paella; pan-fried trout; coconut flan; guava-caramel bread pudding
Price Details: Dinner for two, about $75.

From September 2004 "Best of Silver Spring"

Plantain chips, slick with garlicky mojo, and one of the bar's classic mojitos, made with fresh mint, will get things off to a roaring start. Other possibilities are yuca rellenas, stubby fritters stuffed with the ground-beef mixture called picadillo, and chicharrones, here made with chicken--and delicious. Classic black-bean soup wows, cream of green-plantain soup even more so.

Main-course wonders range from tender roast pork and ropa vieja to more esoteric dishes like pan-fried shredded steak with mojo and caramelized onions, and red snapper with Pernod and peppers. Watch for specials like paella and pan-fried trout. Coconut flan and bread pudding layered with guava and caramel are the desserts of choice--tres leches cake is as dry as Zwieback. On warm fall evenings, the terrace, twinkling with tiny white lights and bright with cascading flowers, is the place to be. But inside beckons, too, with its colorful walls, cubist art, and overstuffed red couches evoking vintage Cuban chic.
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