631 University Blvd., E.
Silver Spring/Takoma Park, MD 20901


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

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

Cheap Eats 2013: Samantha’s

Quick reviews of ethnic cuisines you can experience for less than $25 a person, tax and tip included.

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.