Cheap Eats 2013: Samantha’s
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

Address: 631 University Blvd., E., Silver Spring/Takoma Park, MD 20901
Phone: 301-445-7300
Neighborhood: Silver Spring/Takoma Park
Cuisines: Tex-Mex, South American, Mexican, Peruvian, Salvadoran
Opening Hours: Open Sunday through Thursday 11 to 11, Friday and Saturday 11 AM to midnight.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Silver Spring
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Chicken tamales; carne asada; Salvadoran-style whole trout; masitas de puerco; seafood pupusas; black beans.
Price Details: Appetizers, $3.95 to $10.95; entrees, $10.95 to $25.95.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

To call this place pan-Latin suggests a slick spot with colorful drinks and cooking that’s more American than Latin. But this jumping restaurant really aims to do it all—with dishes from El Salvador, Mexico, Cuba (a good masitas de puerco), even Spain (the shrimp in olive oil summons a tapas bar). Start with the pupusas—there are seven varieties of the griddled pancakes, with nary a spit of grease—then zero in on the carne asada.

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