Cheap Eats 2017: Colada Shop

Cheap Eats 2017: Colada Shop

A trio of José Andrés alums is behind these mood-lifting Cuban/Caribbean cafes. In the morning, we swing by for pastelitos—tender pastries filled with guava or cream cheese that pair beautifully with a cafe con leche. When lunchtime rolls around, it’s all about the media noche—a pressed sandwich of ham, pork, Swiss, pickles, and mustard on a sweet roll. After work, quickie snacks include expertly fried croquetas and chicken-filled empanadas. If you’re at the 14th Street corridor location, you can choose from a raft of fabulous cocktails such as the Hotel Nacional (gold rum, apricot liqueur and purée, and pineapple juice), all for $8. Bar whiz Juan Coronado used to be the brains behind the cocktails at Andrés’s Barmini. Also good: Picadillo-filled pastelito; pina colada.

Get Our Weekend Newsletter

The best DC news, delivered straight to your inbox.
Or, see all of our newsletters. By signing up, you agree to our terms.

More About Colada Shop