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Cuban Food in DC area

jhnyblz Jan 3, 2008 07:42 AM

Hey guys! Does anyone know of any Real cuban food in the area??? Or just a bakery or something that sells/bakes Real Cuban Bread???

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!

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  1. ktmoomau RE: jhnyblz Jan 3, 2008 07:52 AM

    Carribean Grill on Columbia Pike in Arlington has mostly Cuban food and it is really good, but I don't think they don't make Cuban bread. But you could call and check?

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      jhnyblz RE: ktmoomau Jan 3, 2008 07:59 AM

      No Cuban Bread there, hek, they don't even serve croquettes.

      That's another one, if anyone knows where to get good Croquettes at, I'd love to know! And I'll take any kind, ham, turkey, sausage, Bacalao...

      Thanks again!

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        ktmoomau RE: jhnyblz Jan 3, 2008 08:24 AM

        Hmm well perhaps you should try out some of the other places on Tyler Cowen's ethnic dining guide Cuban list. I can't recommend any since I haven't been, but you could call places to see if they had what you wanted before you made the drive?

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        alkapal RE: ktmoomau Jan 5, 2008 04:59 PM

        there is a caribbean grill on lee hwy at george mason. same company?

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          ktmoomau RE: alkapal Jan 6, 2008 06:37 AM

          That's what I meant, I get all these roads down here mixed up... Too many lords and generals.

      3. MsDiPesto RE: jhnyblz Jan 3, 2008 12:27 PM

        Giant stores often have a basket of Cuban bread next to the French Baguettes. I've tried it for sandwiches, it's not bad.

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          monkeyrotica RE: MsDiPesto Jan 4, 2008 04:49 AM

          Harris Teeter also carries Cuban bread in their deli section.

          Banana Cafe on 8th has Cuban items, but they're nothing special.

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          Steve RE: jhnyblz Jan 3, 2008 01:53 PM

          Cuban Corner in Rockville, MD

          Cubanos in SIlver Spring, MD - get the sampling platter. Very good. A bit elegant, even. Slow service. The best place I've tried.

          Cuba de Ayer - Burtonsville, MD - very far outer suburbs, not woth it IMO.

          Havana Cafe - In the International Square Mall at 18th and Eye Sts, NW. Food Court Cuban - only the masitas are good here. Mostly dried out stuff, but maybe if you hit it on a good day.....

          There are some pan-Caribbean or pan-Latin places that have a few Cuban selections on the menu:

          Caribbean Breeze in Arlington, Va; Sabores, Cleveland Park; Rumberos, Columbia Heights.

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            eam531 RE: jhnyblz Jan 4, 2008 09:17 AM

            Maybe try Banana Cafe on Capitol Hill--the owner is Cuban.


            1. Bob W RE: jhnyblz Jan 4, 2008 09:30 AM

              Having spent some time in South Florida, I don't bother looking for Cuban food around here.

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                jkosnett RE: Bob W Jan 8, 2008 02:54 PM

                Just got back from 2 weeks in Florida and got my Cuban fix, as well as Brazilian and Argentine. You know the expression "core competency?" DC is good at a lot of culinary things, but Cuban isn't one of them. Alternate suggestion: Go to New Jersey if Florida's too inconvenient.

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                scottb RE: jhnyblz Jan 5, 2008 04:27 PM

                Since the Omega closed there has not been any decent cuban food in our area

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                  Steve RE: scottb Jan 5, 2008 04:35 PM

                  This is untrue. The sampling platter at Cubano's is great eating. Particularly if you ask for both sauces - the mojo and the cilantro aioli. You will have a hard time deciding which is better.

                  I just got back from eating at Cuban Corner for the first time. It's a place where almost anyone will eat pretty well, though not great. as it is getting harder and harder to find good Cuban food in Miami, I'd say it might even fit right in to the expectations of South Floridians.

                  The best Cuban food in the DC area was not at Omega, but at La Cantinita in Arlington, which has closed down for some time now.

                2. ktmoomau RE: jhnyblz Jan 15, 2008 08:55 AM

                  I just ate lunch at Dicky's Custard at 17th and I (well got lunch they don't have seats). They say they have fresh Cuban bread. I don't know if it is just for made sandwiches or if you could buy it, but they would probably sell it to you although they have limited hours. I also should have asked if it is homemade or where they got it from, but you could always call? I got their Cuban sandwich which I thought was excellent, but I am not Cuban nor a Cuban food connoisseur so...

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                    Minger RE: jhnyblz Jan 15, 2008 02:35 PM

                    I just saw on a flyer that Continental Lounge in Rosslyn has half price Cuban sandwiches on Thursdays. Anybody have experience with their sandwich?

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