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5 Things to Try at Sophie’s Cuban

Posted October 9, 2013 by Mary Kong-DeVito in The Loving Spoonful


upont Circle workers, get pumped. There’s a new option on 19th Street which promises to be fresh, tasty and still leave you plenty of time to stalk OKCupid.  New York-based Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine opened last week in the former Cafe Asia space and is already winning fans with its authentic, fast-casual “flavors of Havana,” which are available for dine-in, take-out, delivery and catering (do we hear office party?).

What to try? We’ve got 5 essential dishes that you can’t afford to miss:

  • The beef or chicken empanadas ($2.19) are like being in a pillow fight with your girlfriends, only instead of girlfriends, you’re play-tickling Tom Hardy, and instead of pillows, you’re using empanadas. You do the math.
  • Speaking of dirty pillows, the classic Cubano ($8.49) sandwich can be easily transported to the next meeting and will be the envy of all your co-workers, with lots of exciting flavors like roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, mayo and mustard, all on fresh-baked rolls from Metropolitan Bakery.
  • If you like to stay healthy while piling on plenty of pretense and carbs, try the buttery salmon special ($11.49) in a tomato-based sauce with phat fat slices of tender potatoes.
  • Any Cuban establishment worth its salt is judged by its ropa vieja, and here, the classic tomato-based stew is full of juicy strips of beef with onions and bell peppers. Ideal for spooning over heaps of dark moro rice.
  • Batidos ($3.99) are like the Sofia Vergara of the milkshake world–voluminous and just a bit sexier than vanilla.  Get them in passion fruit, guanabana, mango, tamarindo, papaya or our favorite, mamey.

Be sure to try all the accompanying sauces like the creamy white mojito, which also acts as an antivenom in cases of vampire attack.

Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine
1134 19th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 833-1005

Open Monday-Friday 10 am – 8 pm

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About the Author

Mary Kong-DeVito

Mary grew up in New York where the food-centric city and her family's restaurants were literally her playground. Instead of eating dirt, she ate duck blood and rotten eggs. You never know what you'll find on the sidewalks.Mary is a veteran of the hospitality industry who's worked with numerous celebrities such as Barbra Streisand, Patrick Ewing, Vanessa Williams, Michael Stipe and Jane Krakowski. Her writing has appeared in DC Modern Luxury, Washington Post Express, Eater, Scoutmob, Washington Flyer and Washington City Paper.She eats "normal" stuff too, like cheeseburgers. Kangaroo cheeseburgers.