It took me hiring a contractor to do some exterior painting at my house outside Annapolis to finally get a GOOD rec. on a place in the MD/DC/N. VA area that serves REAL Puerto Rican food. I am not talking about some Caribbean fusion etc...I am talking mofongo relleno, yucca, tostones, arroz con gandules. Food I used to get in Puerto Rico when I lived there and my wife grew up on there. Before we found this place we would only be treated to these signature dishes once or twice a year when we visited my wife's family on the island.
About the place: Manna is short on ombiance and BIG on food. The plates and portions are enough for two. We go there for, and would suggest to a newcomer of REAL Puerto Rican food, the mofongo. This dish is the signature relleno (home cooking/old fashioned) of Puerto Rico and a favorite of teh Dominican Rep. as well. There are variations between the styles from PR to DR, but it is neglegable.
There are quite a few threads about Puerto Rican food on here and I figured I would help some people out. This is not the type of place you find unless you are looking or happen to speak to someone who has been there.
Here is a link for the place: http://travel.yahoo.com/p-travelguide...