Cheap Eats 2007: Sergio's Place
Comments () | Published July 11, 2007
Happy Hour
Sergio's Place
Address: 11324 Fern Street, Wheaton, MD 20902
Phone: 301-962-7066
Neighborhood: Wheaton
Cuisines: Salvadoran
Opening Hours: Open Sunday through Thursday 8 AM to midnight, Fridays and Saturdays 8 AM to 2 AM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Wheaton
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: N/A
Reservations: Not Needed
Price Details: Entrées: $4.95 to $13.95.
Weekdays feel like weekends at this colorful diner as the jukebox pumps out a bachata, a bolerolike ballad, and Salvadoran couples and families dine on big plates of enchiladas guanacas, fried tortillas piled high with sautéed chicken, pickled cabbage, and shavings of cheese.

The kitchen turns out pupusas in more than a dozen variations—chorizo and loroco, a zucchinilike vegetable, are especially savory. But the pleasures of eating here are not solely Salvadoran. The Cuban sandwich is one of the area’s best—the secret seems to be in the ham and pork, both roasted in-house, then grilled before being tucked and pressed. Tortas are smartly done—the Milanesa with fried chicken bits and a slather of guacamole and sour cream is especially good. Ditto for the kitchen’s foray into regional Mexican, tender chicken mole with a chili-infused red sauce that is spicy yet not searing. For dessert, try atol de elote, a sweetish corn soup, or the creamy tres leches cake.

Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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