Cheap Eats 2013: Cuba de Ayer
Quick reviews of ethnic cuisines you can experience for less than $25 a person, tax and tip included.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel
Comments () | Published August 19, 2013
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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 AM to 8:30 PM, Friday and Saturday 11:30 AM to 10 PM, and Sunday 11:30 AM to 8:30 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
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.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Good for Groups

Most bargain restaurants are bare-bones. This one, tucked among auto-repair lots, appears more stripped-down than most—until you step inside, where the music gets your foot tapping and photos of ’50s Havana suggest an armchair getaway. The cooking lives up to that promise, catching the spirit of a Cuban grandmother. One sign you’ve found the real thing: The black beans are good enough to stand alone.

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