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Banana Cafe & Piano Bar

  • $$
  • Cuban, Latin American, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Southwestern, Tapas
  • 500 8th St SE, Washington 20003 38.882727 -76.994971
  • (At E St SE)
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  • (202) 543-5906
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Appetizers

Chips & Salsa First order complementary with food order. Made fresh daily    2.50
Ham Croquettes Four to the order. Served with our homemade red pepper sauce    6.95
Alcapurrias Fritter made of mashed green bananas and root vegetables, then stuffed with ground beef, olives, capers and pimientos. One of puerto rico's most popular street foods.    7.95
Empanadas One chicken, one picadillo and one mixed seafood. Served with a delicious red pepper sauce    8.95
Cuban Empanadas As delicious as the famous sandwich. Two empanadas stuffed to the limit with baked ham, slow roasted pork, swiss cheese and sliced dill pickles. Served with a papaya sauce    7.95
Stuffed Yuca Mashed yuca stuffed with chorizo, carrots and olives. Topped with cheese and served with a siimply amazing cilantro - lime sauce    7.95
Fried Calamari Accompanied with our fresh mango or ginger sauce    8.95
Gambas al Ajillo Sauteed jumbo shrimp in a delicious lemon, garlic, butter wine sauce. Served with grilled bread    9.95
Cod Fish Fritters Served hush puppy style with our house made guava sauce    8.95
Tropical Ceviche A customer favorite fresh flounder, shrimp, scallops and squid marinated in cifrus juices, ginger, red onion, cilantro and jalapenos arnished with avocado, mango, pineapple and potatoes    11.95
Pork Nachos Tortilla chips topped with black beans, puerto rican slow roasted pulled pork and blend of cheese. Topped with sour cream pico de gallo, jalapenos, guacamole and green onions    10.95
Queso Jalapeno cheese dip served with tortilla chips    5.95
Guacamole al Fresco Fresh guacamole, mexican cheese and pico de gallo served with tortilla chips    8.95
Tamal de Elote Slowly steamed and made from a sweet delicate fresh corn puree    3.95

Salads

Dressings: Ranch, red pepper ranch, blue cheese, raspberry, vinaigrette & balasamic vinaigrette. Add ons: served with grilled chicken or beef, add $4.00. Served with mixed shrimp, scallops and squid, add $6.00. Served with just shrimp add $6.00, serve

House Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, mushrooms and spanish onions    4.95
Caesar     7.95
Tropical Salad Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, avocadoes, heart of palm, mushrooms and spanish onions    8.95
Grilled Wedge Salad Quarter grilled iceberg lettuce topped with blue cheese and crumbled pork cracklings, boiled egg and tomatoes    6.95
Southwester Salad Romaine lettuce, grilled corn, black beans, carrots, spanish onions, cilantro and red peppers. Topped with homemade tortilla strips    7.95

Soups

Plantain Green plantains cooked in a hearty chicken broth with a touch of cilantro and garlic    8.95
Chicken Tortilla A rich and tasty broth with shredded chicken, carrots, onions, celery, yuca and cilantro topped with a squeeze of lime and homemade tortilla strips    7.95
Seafood Wonderful cream base soup with shrimp, scallops and mussels, rich.    10.95

Entrees

Ropa Vieja Served with tomatoes, onions, pepper and spices. Served with ripe plantains, black beans and white rice    14.95
Cuban Picadillo Served with white rice, black beans and ripe plantains    13.95
Puerto Rican PIononos Topped with a blend of monterey jack and cheddar cheese. Served with puerto rican red beans and white rice    14.95
Stuffed Plantains Very heraty and delicious meal of 3 fried green plantains stuffed one with picadillo, one with chicken and one with mixed seafood. Accompanied with black beans and white rice    18.95
Pernil de Puerco Relleno de Mofongo Pounded pork loin stuffed with mofongo. Oven roasted and topped with our ginger mango sauce. Served with white rice, black beans and vegetables    18.95
Bistec Encebollado with Beef Pounded and marinated flank steak or boneless chicken breast sauteed and smothered with cooked onions and our secret sauce. Served with white rice and black beans.    15.95
Bistec Encebollado with Chicken Pounded and marinated flank steak or boneless chicken breast sauteed and smothered with cooked onions and our secret sauce. Served with white rice and black beans.    14.95
Bistec Empanizado with Beef Breaded and pounded flank steak or chicken breast pan fried and served with black beans and white rice. A caballo topped with fried egg, add $1.00    15.95
Bistec Empanizado with Chicken Breaded and pounded flank steak or chicken breast pan fried and served with black beans and white rice. A caballo topped with fried egg, add $1.00    14.95
Bistec a La Milanesa with Beef The previoius bistec empanizado topped with homemade marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese, Served with black beans and white rice.    16.95
Bistec a La Milanesa with Chicken The previoius bistec empanizado topped with homemade marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese, Served with black beans and white rice.    15.95
Churrasco Surf & Turf Topped with a delicate chiimichurri sauce, 3 grilled jumbo shrimp and grilled chorizo. Served with black bean congri and julienne vegetables    19.95
Caribbean Vegetarian Combo Superb vegetarian dish including tamal de elote, vegetables, fried plantains, yuca con mojo, guacamole, white rice and black beans    12.95
Carnitas Cubanas Served with Yuca con mojo, black beans and white rice    15.95
Saltado with Beef or Chicken Choice of the above sauteed with onions, peppers, tomatoes, jalapenos, fresh garlic, potatoes and white wine. Served with white rice and black beans.    14.95
Saltado with Seafood Choice of the above sauteed with onions, peppers, tomatoes, jalapenos, fresh garlic, potatoes and white wine. Served with white rice and black beans.    17.95
Picadillo a Caballo Topped witha fried egg    14.95

Entrees - Mofongos

One of puerto rico's most popular dishes. Twice fried green plantains mashed in a wood pilon with garlic, pork cracklings and olive oil. Served with a side of chicken broth and garlic bread.

Masitas de Cerdo     16.95
Bistec Encebollado Flank steak with onions    17.95
Chicken     16.95
Shrimp     19.95
Seafood     19.95
Vegetables Sauteed spinach, zucchini, squash, broccoli, cauliflower, carrot, tomato, garlic and onions. No bacon added to the vegetarian mofongo    14.95

Seafood

Paella Valenciana Legendary spanish dish of saffron rice simmered with shrimp, scallops, squid, mussels, chicken, chorizo sausage and herbs.   For One 19.95 For Two 36.95
Zarauela de Mariscos Delicious seafood stew of scallops, shrimp, squid, mussels and flunder cooked in a rich and creamy lobster bisque. Served with white rice and garlic toast    18.95
Salmon a la Parilla Grilled chilean salmon glazed with our ginger mango sauce. Served with coconut rice and ripe fried plantains.    17.95
Pescado Criollo Filet of flounder broiled, topped with fresh tomatoes, cilantro and jalapeno peppers with a white wine, lemon butter sauce. Served with white rice, black beans and vegetables    16.95
Camarones Andaluz Sauteed jumbo shrimp with scallions, green peas, red peppers, mushrooms, all cooked in a delicate white wine sauce. Served with white rice and black beans    17.95
Fish Tacos Two breaded tilapia tacos, topped with spanish coleslaw and mango habanero salsa. Servedwith white rice and black beans.    14.95

Tex Mex

Vegetables Fajitas Served with refried beans, yellow rice and three flour tortillas.    12.95
Chicken Fajitas Served with refried beans, yellow rice and three flour tortillas.    13.95
Beef Fajitas Served with refried beans, yellow rice and three flour tortillas.    14.95
Shrimp Fajitas Served with refried beans, yellow rice and three flour tortillas.    16.95
Chicken & Beef Fajitas Served with refried beans, yellow rice and three flour tortillas.    14.95
Shrimp with Beef or Chicken Fajitas     15.95
Tacos Chicken or shredded beef, solt or crispy, served with yellow rice and refried beans    10.95
Cheeese Enchiladas Two stuffed corn tortillas baked and covered with ranchero sauce and melted cheese. Served with yellow rice and refried beans.    10.95
Spinach Enchiladas Two stuffed corn tortillas baked and covered with ranchero sauce and melted cheese. Served with yellow rice and refried beans.    11.95
Beef, Chicken or Carnitas Enchiladas Two stuffed corn tortillas baked and covered with ranchero sauce and melted cheese. Served with yellow rice and refried beans.    12.95
Mixed Seafood Enchiladas Two stuffed corn tortillas baked and covered with ranchero sauce and melted cheese. Served with yellow rice and refried beans.    14.95
Enchilada & Taco Platter One of each, beef, chicken, carnitas or cheese, crispy or soft, served with yellow rice and refried beans    12.95
Tex Mex Brochette Juicy skewered shrimp, grilled chicken and beef with zucchini, green pepperand onions. Served with black beans and yellow rice    14.95
Chimichangas Beef, Chicken or Carnitas Quick fried stuffed flour tortilla served with yellow rice and refried beans.     12.95
Mixed Seafood with Chimichagas Quick fried stuffed flour tortilla served with yellow rice and refried beans.     14.95
Beef, Chicken or Carnitas with Burrito Large flour tortilla, stuffed, baked and topped with ranchero sauce and melted mexican cheese. Served with yellow rice, refried beans.    12.95
Black Bean with Burrito Large flour tortilla, stuffed, baked and topped with ranchero sauce and melted mexican cheese. Served with yellow rice, refried beans.    10.95

Sides

Rice     2.50
Beans Red, black or refried    2.50
Congri     3.00
Fried Yuca or Yuca Con Mojo     4.00
Amarillos Fried ripe plantains    4.00
Tostones Fried green plantains    4.00
Guacamole    Small 1.50 Regular 3.50
Vegetables     3.95
One Enchilada or One Taco     3.95
Tortillas (3) Flour or Corn    1.50
Sour Cream     1.50
Shredded Mexican Cheese     1.50
Pico de Gallo     1.50

Kids Menu

Cheese Pizza Personal size with tomato sauce.    6.95
Pepperoni Pizza Personal size with mozzarella, tomato sauce and pepperoni    6.95
Grilled Cheese Sandwich Prepared on white bread with cheddar cheese and fries.    6.95
Slider Grilled Chicken Sandwich One slider grilled chicken sandwich with swiss cheese and mayo. Served with fries.    6.95
Cheese or Chicken Quesadilla A smaller version of the original. Served with fries    6.95
Taco One crispy or soft, chicken or beef taco. Served with refried beans and yellow rice.     6.95

Desserts

Cheesecake Seasonal flavor    6.50
Banana Bread Pudding     6.50
Puerto RicanTembleque Flan Seasonal flavor    6.50
Tres Leches     6.50

Sodas & Such

Soda or Lemonade     2.50
Coffee or Tea     2.50
Juice     3.00
Expresso     3.00
Cortadito Expresso coffee with splash of milk    3.00
Cuban Coffee Similar to italian espresso    3.00
Cafe Con Leche Cuban coffee with frothed milk. Similar to cafe latte    3.25
Cappuccino or Latte     3.50
Virgin Frozen Drinks     4.50
Dominion Root Beer     3.50

 

Lunch

Quesadillas

Add: Spinach, plantain, mixed vegetables, roasted corn, mushrooms, cooked onioins, black beans. For one filling add $2.00. Any extra, add $1.00. Chicken, beef or pork: for one filling add $3.00, any extra, add $1.00. Shrimp add $5.00. Mixed seafood: shrim

Just Cheese Flour tortillas filled with mexican cheese and served with sour cream, pico de gallo and guacamole    7.95

Sandwiches

Served with fries or house salad

Cuban Fritas The cuban version of sliders, 3 mini burgers made of ground beef, onions, bread crumbs, eggs, ketchup, paprika and other spices blended together and pan fried. Topped with grated fried potatoes and mayo    10.95
Pan Con Lechon Shredded slow roasted pork with sauteed onions on sub roll with lettuce and tomatoes    10.95
Carnitas Sandwich Morsels of tender roated pork on sub roll with mozzarella, mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato    10.95
Grilled Chicken Roasted peppers, spinach, gorgonzola cheese and mayonnaise    10.95
Grilled Salmon Sandwich On a kaiser roll with lettuce, tomato and cilantro mayo sauce    13.95

Lunch Specials

Caesar Salad Grilled beef or chicken.    9.95
Tropical Salad Grilled beef or chicken, romaine, lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, heart of palm, mushrooms and spanish onions.    9.95
Tacos a la Parrilla Two flour tortillas filled with your choice of grilled beef or chicken. Served with refried beans, yellow rice, sour cream, guacamole and pico de gallo.    9.95
Mixtas All served with black bean congri or white rice topped with your choice of red or black beans, ripe plantalns or yuca con mojo.    9.95
Ropa Vieja Traditional cuban dish of shredded flank steak cooked with tomatoes, onions, peppers and spices.    9.95
Ropa Vieja de Pollo Served with shredded chicken.    9.95
Cuban Picadillo Ground beef and pork cooked in criollo sauce with capers, olives, raisins and flavorful spices.    9.95
Carmitas Cubanas Succulent morsels of tender pork marinated in our own criollo style sauce and roasted with fragrant sevilla's bitter orange.    9.95
Puerto Rican Pionono One sweet plantain timbale stuffed with picadillo and topped with monterey jack and cheddar cheese.    9.95

 

Brunch

Brunch at the Banana

Banana Cafe Eggs Benedict Two poached eggs served on top toasted english muffins with canadian bacon and tomato. Topped with our lime cilantro hollandaise sauce and accom panied with breakfast potatoes    11.99
Florentine Eggs Benedict Two poached eggs served on top of a toasted english muffins, tomato and sauteed spinach. Topped with our lime cilantro hollandaise sauce and accompanied with breakfast potatoes.    12.99
Florentine Eggs Benedict Two poached eggs served on top of a toasted english muffins, tomato and sauteed spinach. Topped with our lime cilantro hollandaise sauce and accompanied with breakfast potatoes    12.99
Caribbean Eggs Benedict Two poached eggs served on top of toasted english muffins with fresh shaved smoked salmon and tomato. Topped with our lime cilantro hollandaise sauce and accompanied with breakfast potatoes    13.99
The BBanana Big Breakfast 3 Egg any style, 2 bacon, 2 sausage, breakfast potatoes & toast    12.99
Grand Marnier French Toast Topped with Blueberries, caramelized pecans and whipped cream    11.99
Banana Pancake or French Toast Breakfast Your choice of french toast or banana pancake stack served with 2 eggs & breakfast potatoes    11.99
Omelets Your choice served with breakfast potatoes & fresh fruit. Ham & cheese: Western omelet green & red peppers, onions, cheddar cheese & ham. Spinach & mushroom & cheese    12.99
Huevos Rancheros Traditional mexican brekfast dish with fried eggs served atop flour tortilla with ranchero sauce & refried beans topped with queso blanco and avocado. Served with breakfast potatoes.    11.99
Baked Eggs Two baked eggs over cuban bread and grilled ham. Topped with hollandaise sauce and mozzarella cheese. Served with breakfast potatoes.    11.99
Breakfast Burrito Chorizo with scrambled egg black beans, queso blanco and cilantro. Served with breakfast potatoes & fruit    11.99
Steak & Eggs Skirt steak grilled with 2 eggs any style. Served with breakfasat potatoes & fresh fruit    13.99
Breakfast Quesadilla Twisted quesadilla with scrambled eggs, cheese, bacon & sausage. Served with guacamole, soure cream & pico de gallo    10.99
Lucy's Wild & Crazy Champango Champagne, mango rum & mango    7.95
Ricky's Caliente Bloody Absolut pepar, zing zang bloody mary mix & clamato juice    8.95
Mimosa Ever popular brunch drink of champagne & fresh squeezed orange juice    4.99
Kir Royale Wonderful concoction of chmpagne with a splash of chambord liquer    6.00

MilkShakes

Mounds Bar Milkshake Delicious milkshake made with cruzan coconut rum & godiva chocolate liquer    7.95
Milky Way Milkshake Refreshing milkshake made with godiva chocolate & godiva caramel liquers    7.95
Dirty Banana Milkshake Wonderful milkshake mode with real banana, banana liquer, banana rum & godiva chocolate liquer    7.95
Almond Joy Milkshake Scrumptions milkshake made with amaretto, cruzan coconut rum and godiva chocolate liquer    7.95
Peppermint Patty Milkshake Great milkshake made with white creme de menthe and godiva chocolate liquer    7.95
White Russian Made with stoli vanilla vodka & kahlua    7.95
The Irishman Wonderful winter milkshake made with bailey's irish cream    7.95

Coffee Drinks

Irish Coffee Jamesons irish whiskey & kahlua topped with whipped cream & green creame de menthe    7.00
Mexican Coffee Tequila and kahlua topped with whipped cream    7.00
Jamaican Coffee Myers dark rum & tia maria topped with whipped cream    7.00
Cafe Diablo Grand marnier & cognac topped with whipped cream    7.00

 

Banana Cafe & Piano Bar
500 8th St SE
At E St SE
(202) 543-5906
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