Cuba de Ayer
15446 Old Columbia Pike
Burtonsville, MD 20866
Cuisines: South American, Cuban
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
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Ham croquettes; beef empanadas; vaca frita; ropa vieja; masitas; picadillo; Cubano sandwich; plantains; black beans and rice; tres leches cake.
Appetizers $2 to $7, entrées $8 to $15.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Good for Groups
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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