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Ropa Vieja in DC?

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rdm Nov 14, 2006 11:54 PM

Does anyone do good ropa vieja in DC. All that I have had here was so oniony that it made me sick.

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    dan f. Feb 17, 2007 06:43 PM

    For a lunchtime treat, try the Cuban place (sorry, blanking out on the name, think it's Havana something or other) in the food court underneath International Square (enter from 18th and I or 19th and K). Ropa Vieja is good (don't think it's oniony) and cheap too. Plates come with black beans, plaintains. Nice family run place.

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    1. re: dan f.
      Gonzocook Feb 18, 2007 02:35 PM

      There's also an escalator that runs directly to the food court level from the Farragut West metro station (west exit). I used to go to that place when I worked downtown. Good food, big portions, inexpensive. Alas, never had the ropa vieja. But I recommend the [and I'm butchering the spelling] picadillo (a ground beef dish).

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        Steve Feb 18, 2007 04:42 PM

        They usually have good masitas at Havana Cafe in International Square. However, nothing can be counted on all the time; last time I ate there they were as dry as rocks.

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        escobars Feb 16, 2007 01:54 PM

        I'm Cuban, and just made my own batch of ropa vieja when my Mami was up from Miami last week. Best ropa vieja I've had in the DC area was at Cuba de Ayer. Croquetas, tostones (fried green plantains) and maduros (fried ripe plantains) were also good, and unexpectedly non-greasy. Black beans were perfectly adequate.

        1. Lowbar Feb 16, 2007 01:30 PM

          You can get it at Caribbean Grill on Lee Hwy in Arlington, I thought it was pretty decent but I don't have much basis for comparison. I usually get the jerk spiced pork there.

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            stacyb Feb 16, 2007 12:48 PM

            I love it at Banana Cafe on Barrack's Row (8th Street, SE). It is sometimes a bit too salty but must depend on the chef because it's about 50% of the time.

            1. johnb Nov 15, 2006 01:23 AM

              Also further out is Cuba De Ayer in Burtonsville. Also Cuban Corner in Rockville, but IMO CdA is better.

              Where have you had oniony Ropa Vieja?

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                rdm Nov 15, 2006 01:40 AM

                I think it was at Lauriol Plaza. I know I know, many are not fans of the new Lauriol Plaza. But I do like a good fun swirled margarita. Takes me back to my days in Austin.

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                pamd Nov 15, 2006 12:07 AM

                not in DC, but in Silver Spring Cubano's has a good one if you're ever in that area.

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