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Cuba de Ayer Report

Steve | Apr 28, 2007 08:15 PM

Six of us gathered together for a dinner way out in Burtonsville, MD which really is in the middle of nowhere... even if you live in nearby Laurel. Compounding the problem is the the address is on Old Columbia Rd (29), and the restaurant is on 198, so it's doubly difficult to find.

Not sure if it is worth the effort.

Even though I am an ex-Miamian, I don't consider myself too picky when it comes to Cuban food. Still, some of the dishes we had failed to meet my expectations. The big sinners were the ropa vieja, which was powerfully salty and impossibe to chew, and the black beans which were not only extra salty, but extra sludgy as well. Was there a thickener used?

Arroz con pollo is pretty darn good, though is not made to order. Made me wonder if anyone would wait 35 minutes anymore for freshly made.

Pork has not been masterd here. Masitas were non-descript as was the lechon asada. Where was the savory punch from a good blood orange or vinegar?

The vaca frita was a highly unusual feathery version, almost like a cross betwen steak and cotton candy. Delicious. They did a good job with the tasty picadillo as well, but quite a small portion of this ground beef dish.

Tostones seemed not to be made to order and take a massive backseat to those at Cubano's in Silver Spring. Maduros, also, were not piping hot fresh. Mojo sauce here turns out to be nothing more than garlic in olive oil.

I have a bias against fried emanadas, but even then the filling was skimpy and a bit bland.

Overall, a nice enough place, with a few good items, but nothing that could really touch Cubano's sampling platter. I have yet to get to Cuban Corner in Rockville.

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