Cheap Eats 2009: Cuba de Ayer
Great food, low prices, lots of fun
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 19, 2009
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Cuba de Ayer
Address: 15446 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD 20866
Phone: 301-476-9622
Neighborhood: Burtonsville
Cuisines: South American, Cuban
Opening Hours: Tuesday through Thursday 11:30 to 8:30, Friday and Saturday 11:30 to 10, and Sunday 11:30 to 8:30
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Ham croquettes; beef empanadas; vaca frita; ropa vieja; masitas; picadillo; Cubano sandwich; plantains; black beans and rice; tres leches cake.
Price Details: Appetizers $2 to $7, entrées $8 to $15.

Why go: The area’s best Cuban cooking. Granted, Washington isn’t Miami. But this oxblood-colored dining room with framed prints of old Havana gets a lot of the details right, from the almost-creamy black beans to the oiled rice to the sour-orange bite of the cubed pork dish masitas.

What to get: Ham croquettes; vaca fritta, crispy shreds of pan-fried beef (give it a shower of lemon juice); black beans and rice; the beef-and-potato hash known as picadillo; home-style chicken soup; tres leches cake.

Best for: A festive night with friends.

Insider tip: Cocktails often lack adequate alcohol; opt for a cold beer instead.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner.

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