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Samantha's Bakery & Cafe at the Anchor Inn plaza

deangold | Sep 24, 200905:51 AM

I thought that this was going to be a branch of the Takoma Park institution but itseems not. It is a bright and clean space with a huge cook line with a grill, griddle and huge stoves perfect for short order cooking, but when I got there are noon, the line was shut off and the food sat on a steam table, some of it looking inviting and some pretty sad.

The menu is huge with all the Salvadoran Mexican restaurant standards and then some plus American breakfast and a few other thing.

I tried the grilled short rib listed at 8.99 on the menu. I got a couple of well seasoned, tasty if tough ribs with a side of beans and was charged $4.99. I asked for the hot green sauce but discovered the little plastic cup contained the red sauce. It tasted like Texas Pete's red hot sauce from a gallon jug, more vinegar than hot. The meat has a nice crust but the time on the steam table was not doing the crust any favor, but it was good. The beans were very nicely cooded texture wise and a touch bland.

After wolfing down the ribs, I went back and ordered a pineapple upside down cake slice for eating in the car. Pretty nice, not too sweet, dense and wet in texture. The entire meal was less than $7 so it filled the bill in a pinch, but if they were doing more to order cooking, this place would be a steal. As it is, I might go if in the area with no time for a stop at Irenes or the steam table food at Asian Market. Hopefully if they get busier, the steam table element will fade as they cook more thru their lunch hour.

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