El Golfo

8739 Flower Ave.
Silver Spring/Takoma Park, MD 20901


Neighborhood: Silver Spring/Takoma Park

Cuisines: South American, Mexican, Salvadoran

Opening Hours:
Sunday through Thursday 11 to 10, Friday and Saturday 11 to 11.

Nearby Metro Stops: Silver Spring

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Not Needed


Best Dishes:
Queso fundido; yucca con chicharron; chicken taquitos; chicken-and-chickpea tamales; Yucateca chicken soup; saffron shrimp soup; short ribs with broth; lomo saltado; red and green chili enchiladas; chiles rellenos; masitas de puerco; fish fajitas; whole r

El Golfo

A Latin American diner with delicious tres leches cake.

From April 2006 Dirt Cheap Eats

This mostly Mexican restaurant offers comfort aplenty, from the tables dressed with white tablecloths and fresh flowers to the homey, satisfying meals. Start with the queso fundido ($5.95), a baked fonduelike dish of mild Chihuahua cheese topped with crunchy bits of piquant chorizo sausage. Move on to the yucca con chicharron ($5.95), thick wedges of deep-fried yucca, a starchy root vegetable, accompanied by crisp chunks of pork and pickled cabbage (curtido). Like the appetizers, entrées cover the range of Latin American cuisine. Our favorite: Peruvian lomo saltado ($12.95), juicy strips of sautéed beef tossed with grilled onions, tomatoes, and green peppers.