100 Very Best Restaurants: #57 – El Sapo Cuban Social Club

Empanadas at El Sapo.

About El Sapo Cuban Social Club

cuisines
Cuban
Location(s)
8455 Fenton St
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Cuban rhythms and pitchers of mojitos give this dining room a party-all-the-time feel. Also fueling the fun: rounds of starters such as crisp-skinned sardines, empanadas with sofrito-laced beef, and tuna ceviche tarted up with tamarind. The kitchen is an ace at frying, so toss in a few salt-cod croquettes and save room for the airiest of churros. Portions are generous. Platters billed for two—habanero-spiked oxtail, pan-roasted beef with garlic and chilies—eat more like a pig-out for four. Moderate.

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