Washingtonian | January 23rd, 2020
#57 El Sapo Cuban Social Club
Cuban rhythms and pitchers of mojito give this dining room a party-all-the-time feel. Also fueling the fun: rounds of starters such as crisp-skinned sardines, empanadas with sofrito-laced beef, and tuna ceviche tarted up with tamarind. The kitchen is an ace at frying, so toss in a few salt-cod croquettes and save room for the airiest of churros.
Portions are generous. Platters billed for two — habanero spiked oxtail, pan roasted beef with garlic and chilies — eat more like a pig-out for four. Moderate