Cuba de Ayer15446 Old Columbia Pike
Burtonsville, MD 20866
This is one of the few neighborhood Cuban restaurants that wouldn't feel out of place in Miami. The atmosphere is family-friendly; the menu has classic dishes just like grandma made them. The tender lechon (roast pig) may alone be worth the trip, but there's a lot more to try.
2 Stars (10/7/2015) — Fall Dining Guide 2015
"Ten years before the United States restored diplomatic relations with Cuba, this able ambassador debuted with strapping plates of chopped roast pork sweetened with onions and shredded beef swollen with red wine, the classic ropa vieja. Today, the food from Cuban native Mayra Lopez remains homey and impressive. … The only change to the picture in recent years is a plus: The family-run enterprise has doubled in size, to 140 seats in two arty dining rooms, and now sports a bar." See Full Review…»
Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"The rice here is textbook, each grain distinct and slicked with oil; so are the beans, delivered in an inky simmered soup that sings of garlic and oregano. Devotees of Cuban cooking will know at once that we’re telling you about more than, yes, the rice and beans. If a Cuban kitchen understands the importance of these backbone elements of the cuisine, it can probably be trusted with everything else. And this one can. …" See Full Review…»
Italic — Recommended
"The best Cuban restaurant in the area, and a family-friendly neighborhood gem, daily specials." See 5/7/2011 Review…»
$$$$$ Unlimited (>$45); $$$$ Very Expensive ($35-$45); $$$ Expensive ($25-$35); $$ Moderate ($15-$25); $ Inexpensive (<$15)
Price is based on the average cost of a dinner entree, which generally reflects a third of the cost of a full meal. Please note, however, that appetizer and beverage prices vary widely. Tasting menus are indicated with an asterisk (*).