It's hard to criticize the restaurant when the food is so good
For SCO's November restaurant review, I decided to go to Samantha's Restaurant in Silver Spring. At first glance, it looks like nothing out of the ordinary – it's a small place that sits innocuously off University Boulevard between two shady-looking parking lots. Yet, Samantha's serves some of the most delicious Latin American food in the DC area.
The place is even smaller than it looks from the outside. We were seated in one of the middle tables, and I was constantly shifting around to avoid blocking the paths of waiters. I eventually adapted to the tight atmosphere, but if you are strongly against eating in the company of strangers, it's best to ask for a side table.
The waitresses at Samantha's are quick to serve your every whim. They wear large smiles on their faces every time you talk to them making you forget about the cramped space you're sitting in. And service speed was actually reasonable, although I can probably speak for everyone when I say that it never seems fast enough. After delivering food to table after table without missing a beat, our waitress finally handed us our piping hot dishes of mouthwatering Latin ecstasy.
While the majority of the menu is Mexican cuisine, one way to explore the Peruvian side is through the pollo saltado, a stir-fry with chicken, onions, potatoes or French fries and other vegetables. The chicken is smoky but not bitter, the onions are sweet and the tomatoes are juicy, seasoned to add some liveliness to the combination. Samantha's opts to use the French fries in place of potatoes, which was quite jarring since I am so used to eating French fries with Angus beef burgers. If you want a more Latin-tasting meal, skip out on this dish and order some of the other chicken dishes, which only cost a buck more.
Other than the seafood, Samantha's serves amazing Latin American food and accompanies it with top-notch service. A small but successful gem that opened in 2001, Samantha's is a restaurant that will undoubtedly have many more years to come.
631 University Blvd E, Silver Spring, MD 20901
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11 AM-10:30 PM, Friday-Saturday 11 AM-11:30 PM
Prices: Appetizers $2-$14, Entrees $11-$26, Desserts $4-$10
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