Cuban treats in Silver Spring


Jan. 8, 2003, midnight | By Robin Hernandez | 16 years, 10 months ago


Name: Cubanos
Location: Ramsey Ave., Silver Spring, MD,
Across the street from Mi Rancho and Tasty Diner
Price Range for entrees: $11.25-15.00

Forget the burgers and fries of American fast food and instead venture to downtown Silver Spring for a sample of Caribbean culture. Cubanos offers an authentic Cuban meal in a genuine setting; the atmosphere makes it easy to forget you are still in Silver Spring. Cuban villages are framed in the paintings on the walls and Spanish salsa music plays in the background. The lights are dimmed and candles are lit at each table to make for a romantic ambiance. In short, Cubanos is prepared to make your visit delicioso.

The elaborate decorations are the classic set up for a memorable evening, and Cubanos' menu makes sure of that. Pollo salteado is a colorful chicken dish, which erupts with flavor; tomatoes, green peppers, and onions accompany the chicken and rice, giving the meal a fresh zing. Black beans come with the meal, for an added Spanish taste. Beef and fish are also featured on the menu, all priced below $11.00.

However, don't fill up on chicken, save room for dessert; Cubanos features the typical Spanish deserts, but with a special, Cuban touch. Every bite of the tres leches (three milks) cake was a rich creamy treat. Each dish is displayed in an artistic way and each bite is a masterpiece.

The only major downfall was the bread served as an appetizer; which is not usually done in Cuban restaurants. However there wasn't time or need to fill up on bread because the dinner was prepared quickly. Tables fill up fast, so be sure to arrive early.



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