Jorge Castillo: DC will never match Miami with its plethora of walk up windows serving Cuban finger food: empanadas, papas rellena, and croquetas and to the hungry masses.

Glenn Lindgren: If you find yourself in the Nation's Capital and you have a craving for some great Cuban food, Mi Cuba is the place to go.

Mi Cuba Café

Glenn Lindgren: Mi Cuba is small, with seating for only about 30 people, so there may be a an occasional line.

Raúl Musibay: Hey wasn't that Barack Obama sitting at that table in the back by the bathroom?

Jorge Castillo: What makes Mi Cuba so delicious and authentic is the fact that the owners are less than 10 years out of Cuba, a more or less direct shot from Havana to Washington DC.

Raúl Musibay: Real Cubans -- real Cuban food!

Glenn Lindgren: What began as an afterthought -- three orders of empanadas ordered as an appetizer -- turned into an obsession. We could easily come to this restaurant just to feast on plate after plate of these flaky wedges stuffed with four cheeses, cheese and ham, meat, and several other options.

Raúl Musibay: The papas rellenas are also excellent. You get a Little Havana-sized ball of golden brown mashed potatoes stuffed with tasty shredded beef.

Jorge Castillo: We have to admit that whenever we see a Cuban sandwich anywhere north of Tampa, we are a little skeptical of what might appear on our plate.

Glenn Lindgren: The Cubanos here are very good. No plancha here, with its traditional flat metal plates. Like several restaurants outside the Cuban Sandwich Protected Zone of South Florida, these sandwiches are pressed flat on a Panini press.

Raúl Musibay: It’s located not far from the National Zoo and well work the uphill walk from the Zoo’s lower exit.

Jorge Castillo: It’s a bit of a hike...

Raúl Musibay: Anyway, we were really surprised by the quality of Mi Cuba. Excellent quality food, freshly made to order...

Jorge Castillo: And the restaurant is kept spotlessly clean!

Jorge Castillo: Not traditional but it works.

Raúl Musibay: We also tried the lechón asado -- naked on the plate and in a crunchy pan con lechón sándwich -- and ropa vieja. All were excellent, especially when we gave them a bath in the garlicky mojo.

HOURS:

Breakfast: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. | Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to Noon.

Open: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. | Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. | Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Closed on Tuesdays.

PRICES: Cheap eats!

DRESS: Casual

BAR: No

CARDS: Yes

WEBSITE: micubacafe.com

The Details
Mi Cuba
1424 Park Rd NW
Washington, DC 20010
202-813-3489

An ultra-clean Cuban café with prices straight out of Little Havana, and we mean cheap.

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