First we shared the two orders of the papa rellena and tostones rellena. The first is a lightly breaded stuffed potato with beef filling, the second came with 3 fried green plantains, again stuffed with beef. These were both super tasty, but J liked the papa rellena better. If these were hors d'oeuvres at a party, I'd totally fill up on them and not bother with dinner.
For lunch we mostly got sandwiches, except for one veggie platter. The sandwiches clocked in at about $7, and they were pretty huge. SOME people couldn't finish theirs, but I had no issue (as per usual). Curling can really work up an appetite, people. I enjoyed the pan con ropa vieja (shredded beef in a tomato sauce on a baguette) and I'd get it again. We even had a carafe of the very-fruit-filled sangria--if you don't like grape juice-type sangrias, then this one isn't for you. But we finished it.
For a quick & cheap meal Cuba de Ayer really hit the spot. Spelling sticklers, I apologize in advance. The menu is rife with error.
Cuba de Ayer
15446 Old Columbia Pike
Metro: You gotta drive.