Jorge Castillo: If you are in Washington, DC and want to take a ride on the Metro, why not take a ride out to Cubano's restaurant in Silver Spring?

Glenn Lindgren: This Cuban restaurant is located just a couple of blocks away from the Silver Spring Metro Station. From the Smithsonian Station, we took the Blue Line to Metro Center and then took the Red Line to Silver Spring, a trip that took about 20 minutes.

Jorge Castillo: Cubano's is a nice, quiet restaurant that serves good Cuban food in a nice atmosphere.

Glenn Lindgren: We like the waterfall fountain, it's a nice touch.

Jorge Castillo: This used to be a Chinese restaurant, and the fountain was purchased in Mexico to add alittle Latin flavor. The sound of the running water adds to the atmosphere.

Glenn Lindgren: Cubano's does something nice with tostones, serving them as an appetizer – or a complete meal – with shredded chicken and a delicious garlic-rich sauce. It's kind of a Cuban version of nachos.

Jorge Castillo: The ropa vieja here is almost as good as your mima used to make. The meat is slow cooked so that it is very tender. The shredded meat is tossed with pepper, onions, and chopped tomatoes.

Glenn Lindgren: Also notable are the masitas de puerco and the pargo – red snapper nicely done, and fork tender.

Jorge Castillo: You get a generous portion of food at Cubano's, especially if you like frijoles negros and white rice, the standard side dish. Be adventurous and order the yuca con ajo, the starchy tuber in a pungent garlic sauce.

Raúl Musibay: This is a dish your tongue will remember in the morning.

Glenn Lindgren: This is NOT the dish to order if you're on your first date.

Jorge Castillo: Save room for some tres leches cake or flan for dessert!

Cubano's

HOURS: Monday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m, | Friday and Saturday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm | Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

PRICES: Most entrees $14 to $22

DRESS: Dressy casual – no jeans or tee shirts

BAR: Full bar

CARDS: Yes

WEBSITE: cubanosrestaurant.com

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Cubanos
1501 Fidler Lane
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301-563-4020

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