631 University Blvd., E.
Silver Spring/Takoma Park, MD 20901
Neighborhood: Silver Spring/Takoma Park
Cuisines: Tex-Mex, South American, Peruvian, Mexican, Salvadoran
Open Sunday through Thursday 11 to 11, Friday and Saturday 11 AM to midnight.
Nearby Metro Stops: Silver Spring
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Chicken tamales; carne asada; Salvadoran-style whole trout; masitas de puerco; seafood pupusas; black beans.
Appetizers, $3.95 to $10.95; entrees, $10.95 to $25.95.
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.