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Silver Spring follow-up

Bacchante | Aug 16, 2004 01:02 PM

Thanks to everybody who gave recommendations last week for restaurants in Silver Spring. We live in Arlington and decided against Asian, Ethiopian, or Salvadoran, since we have good restaurants here for those cuisines. Ditto Lebanese Taverna. As we were headed later in the week for the Eastern Shore, we also ruled out seafood. Although we did have a hankering for red sauce Italian, particularly as we were seeing La Dolce Vita at the AFI and that was the Italian cuisine available when it first came out, we felt Vicino’s was too far a walk with rain pending.

So, we opted for Cubanos, in part because Arlington has lost its Cuban restaurant. It was very good. Since it was quite early for dinner for us (before the 7:30 movie), and we couldn’t handle both appetizers and entrees, I got the mi tierra in order to be able to taste several things. This combination of pork, beef, and chicken dishes from the menu includes ropa vieja, lechon asado, and fricase de pollo, all of which were very tasty and distinctly different from one another. My favorite of the three was the ropa vieja, which surprised me as I generally prefer pork to beef. It came with plantains, black beans, and rice. Unfortunately, they were “out of” moros y cristianos, the mixed rice and black beans. Hubby got picadillo a lo nene, which is a “hash” of beef, olives, capers, potatoes, onions, green peppers, and tomato sauce. The texture was more like a runny sloppy joe without the bun than a typical hash, but that actually made him very happy. I tasted it and thought it also was very good. Both dishes were a tremendous amount of food, and we couldn’t finish them.

I was tempted by the camarones al ajillo (shrimp with garlic and saffron rice). Has anybody tried that? I might give it a try should we be in the neighborhood again at dinner time. I see that the lunch menu has cubanos and other sandwiches. How are they?

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