I was up in Eastern Market an area of Capitol Hill earlier today checking out the arts and crafts they have there on the weekend. I got hungry so I decided to go the Banana Cafe. It is advertised as a Cuban and Tex Mex mix. The place is painted bright yellow and stand out a tad bit among the other row house type restaurants on the block. When you go inside its a nice and warming place its cozy with a nice bar in the back where they make their infamous Margaritas.
We were greeted quite quickly when we got in and were seated in the back. We got our chips and salsa pretty quickly and started chowing down. They were pretty good although not the best I have ever had. For dinner my girlfriend got the Cuban sandwich and I got the Chicken steak. The Cuban Sanwich my girlfriend got was pretty good.It had some really good flavor with the ham and the pickles. The only issue I had with it was that it was a little greasy. The chicken steak however was not greasy and was full of flavor. The sauce of onions and other Cuban spices made for a wonderful taste that was great. I was really amazed at the amount of flavor they were able to pack into the chicken. I really enjoyed this place and it really is one of the only Cuban places in D.C.. I did not get a chance to taste the Margeritas but the person sitting next to me had one and they looked good. I think this place just screams fun on a Saturday night so you should check it out. If you are ever craving Cuban food Banana Cafe is definitely in the running.
Banana Cafe & Piano Bar
500 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003