El Patio
A bustling, soccer-obsessed Argentine bakery/cafe.
Reviewed By Cynthia Hacinli
Comments () | Published October 13, 2006
El Patio
Address: 12303 Twinbrook Pkwy., Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: 301-231-9225
Neighborhood: Rockville
Cuisines: South American, Argentinian
Opening Hours: Monday through Thursday 9 to 9, Friday and Saturday 9 to 10, and Sunday 9 to 8.
Nearby Metro Stops: Twinbrook
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Rowdy
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Migas sandwiches, such as prosciutto on pebete and Argentine sausage on baguette; ham, egg, and cheese tart; spinach and Parmesan tart; corn and bechamel empanadas; beef empanadas; Spanish-style tortillas; grilled steak; fried fish; alfajores.

From June 2005 Cheap Eats

An hour spent in this lively Argentine bakery/cafe/grocery makes for a wonderful entrée to South American culture. Soccer fans crowd around the TV, children clamor for pastries oozing dulce de leche, and everyone picks up a sack of maté, the magical do-it-all herb, for making tea. Then there's the food, starting with a lineup of Argentine sandwiches, each on its own house-baked bread. Best of the bunch are the triple deckers called migas, with various fillers; proscuitto on a soft roll called pebete; and Argentine sausage on a baguette.

There are savory tarts of ham, eggs, and cheese and spinach and Parmesan; Spanish-style tortillas, thick omelets cut in wedges and eaten at room temperature; and flaky empanadas. More substantial plates featuring grilled steak and fried fish are popular with the soccer gang. In fair weather, patrons move the party from the wrought-iron-and-mosaic tables inside to umbrella tables outdoors.
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