214 Reviews found

Thursday, 01 June 2006 01:42


Cuba de Ayer: A Family-run Spot for Wonderfully Homey Cuban Fare

Written by Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli. Washingtonian

Cuban food is simple and soulful-the antithesis of most restaurant cooking. The places that do it best don't try to pretty up their plates or embroider them with detail to try to woo an upscale audience.

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Thursday, 05 November 2009 01:17


Tasty, Home-stye Cuban Fare

Written by By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun

Cuba de Ayer is the wonderful creation of Jessica Rodriguez, who thought so highly of his mother-in-law's home-style Cuban cooking that she decided to open a restaurant. Her mother-in-law, Mayra Lopez, from Camaguey in Cuba, was, I assume, first flattered and later surprised when this actually happened.

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Sunday, 18 October 2009 00:31


Editorial Review: Cuba de Ayer

Written by Tom Sietsema, The Washington Post

"A good breaded steak isn't mushy; it's crisp," my Cuban-born friend says as he slices into a version of the entree that prompts a smile of recognition. The bouncy music and colorful paintings in the small dining room bring the island nation a little closer to Washington, but it's the cooking, from the recipe files of Mayra Lopez, that keeps bringing me back to the restaurant

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Tuesday, 01 November 2011 00:27


Cha cha cha your way to Cuba de Ayer Dining Review

Written by Brian Patterson,

You don't just happen upon Cuba de Ayer Restaurant by wandering aimlessly around Burtonsville. It is so tucked away from Route 198 that you have to know exactly where to look. That the restaurant is packed with couples and families on a Sunday night is testament to the popularity generated by word of mouth, and by the croquetas de jamon. Once seated, just go right ahead and order a potent mint-flecked mojito ...

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Tuesday, 29 October 2013 02:01


Chili's raises more than $50M for St. Jude

Written by Michael Sheffield, Staff writer, Memphis Business Journal

Chili's Grill and Bar has raised more than $50 million for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, meeting the goal by raising more than $4.9 million during its annual campaign in September. "Chili's generosity and support over the past 10 years is helping St. Jude to lead the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases ..."

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Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:58


Dining Out: Venture out to Poncho N Pepe’s for genuine Mexican cuisine

Written by Terra Walters, For Capital Gazette

When it comes to business, particularly the restaurant business, never underestimate the value of concept. On a prime piece of real estate located at the busy intersection of routes 3 and 450 in Crofton, the Pigeon House opened. And closed. Ditto Widow Brown’s. Ditto The Library. Ditto Puffin’s Restaurant. And most recently, ditto Jasper’s. Starting a new venture in this spot? A daunting prospect? Not for these folks.

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Friday, 05 November 2010 20:43


Friday’s Last Spoonful: Field Trip - Jalapeños: Annapolis, MD

Written by Staff, The Mixed Stew Blog

This strip-mall establishment really gets high marks from the Mixed Stew Crew. We recently made a visit to Jalapeños and enjoyed the appetizers and tapas menu items. Every appetizer (no matter how expensive at regular price) costs only $5.00 during happy hour. The ambience may remind patrons of the Mediterranean. We suggest the Mejillones Cantina with over a dozen steamed mussels in a mix of tequila, tomatoes, white wine, and oregano. The Ceviche Levantino with shrimp, scallops, and fish in a tangy citrus marinade was also a hit. We even tried the Albondigas de Cordero ...

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Thursday, 09 January 2014 20:36


10 Best Restaurants in Annapolis: Jalapeños

Written by Staff, USA Today

Don't let its unassuming appearance fool you -- Jalapeños is a treat for the senses. Featuring classic cuisine from Spain and Mexico, this restaurant offers tantalizing dishes served in a warm, relaxed atmosphere. Though famous for its high quality Tapas Bar, Jalapeños also serves a variety of appetizing Yucacan dishes including hand-stuffed jalapeños and chiles rellenos.

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Thursday, 08 June 2006 20:30


Two Cuisines, One Verdict: Yum

Written by Nancy Lewis, The Washington Post

Gonzalo Fernandez is from Spain. His business partner, Alberto Serrano, is from Mexico. Together they own a restaurant that is half-and-half, sort of. The two men opened Jalapeños in Annapolis seven years ago. About 70 percent of the dishes at lunch are Mexican and 30 percent Spanish. At dinner, it's the opposite. The dinner menu has just the right mix of choices. Although the Mexican dishes are good, the Spanish ones, especially the tapas, can make you almost believe you've stepped into Fernandez's native Asturias, on the northern coast of Spain.

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Saturday, 01 June 2013 09:40


Back Porch Café

Written by Rehoboth Foodie

Restaurants like the Back Porch Café can make life difficult for a restaurant reviewer. No matter how many times I visit, it's just about impossible to find anything substantial to kvetch about. How can I maintain any credibility if I can't whine about something!?!

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Friday, 08 June 2012 03:56


Restaurant shakes things up with bellydancing

Written by Laura Walter, Bethany Beach News

Turquoise restaurant is kicking things up a notch with bellydancing performances every Wednesday night this summer. Matthews will be dancing at the restaurant each Wednesday night throughout the summer. Located in the Sea Colony Marketplace, the Greek and American restaurant will feature dancer Viviana Matthews at its weekly Greek Night, with special menu items and performances. In the main dining room, Matthews weaves her way barefoot across the floor. Her two-piece costume is a rich purple, flashing with gold and glass beading.

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Friday, 30 September 2011 03:53


Zorba's goes Turquoise with move to Sea Colony

Written by Marie Cook, Bethany Beach News

When I heard that a Greek restaurant was opening in the Sea Colony shopping center in Bethany Beach, I quickly invited a friend for lunch. Sneak that I am, while our waitress, Eleni, was in the kitchen, I polled a nearby table of three couples for their opinion of the food. It was thumbs-up all around. And it turns out that Eleni is the daughter of the restaurant's owners, Pete and Noula Panagakos. The venue moved from Rehoboth Beach, changing names from Zorba's to Turquoise along the way.

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Tuesday, 11 January 2011 01:34


Delaware Diner's Digest: Pastabilities reopens its doors after long hiatus

Written by Patricia Tolarico, The News Joournal

Luigi Vitrone's Pastabilities, a Wilmington landmark restaurant, is back in business. The snug Little Italy eatery at 415 N. Lincoln St., which has been closed for the past 16 months since Vitrone fell ill and had a long stay in St. Francis Hospital, has opened its doors and is welcoming back customers. "This is a day that a lot of us thought would never come," said Vitrone ...

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Wednesday, 10 August 2011 01:30


Delaware Dining: A Review of Luigi Vitrone's Pastabilities Italian Restaurant on Lincoln Street in Little Italy in Wilmington

Written by Matt Amis, DelawareToday

Last spring I joined with a few other local food nerds and community leaders at the West End Neighborhood House in Wilmington to judge the official Taste of Little Italy ravioli cook-off. Under the watchful stare of the audience, and the slightly more menacing stares of the chefs, we chewed quizzically and drew in the aromas. But awarding the best ravioli in Little Italy was not to be taken lightly.

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