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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

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Chips & Salsa first order complementary with food order. mad 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 (beef/pork) 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 simply amazing cilantro-lime sauce    7.95
Fried Calamari accompanied with our fresh mango/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 citrus juices, ginger, red onion, cilantro and jalapenos. garnished with avocado, mango, pineapple and potatoes    11.95
Lechon (Pork) Nachos tortilla chips topped with black beans, puerto rican slow roasted pulled pork and blend of cheeses. topped with sour cream, pico de gallo, jalapeno, guacamole and green onions    10.95
Queso always popular, always requested 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

Soups

Plantain a house specialty. 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 and delicious    10.95

Salads

Dressings: Ranch, Red Pepper Ranch, Blue Cheese, Raspberry Vinaigrette & Balsamic Vinaigrette. Add Ons: Add With Grilled Chicken Or Beef $4, Add With Mixed Shrimp, Scallops And Squid $6, Add With Just Shrimp $6, Add With Grilled Salmon $6.

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
Southwestern Salad romaine lettuce, grilled corn, black beans, carrots, spanish onions, cilantro and red peppers. topped with homemade tortilla strips    7.95

Sandwiches

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
Pan Con Bistec flank steak on sub roll with lettuce, spanish onions, avocados and red pepper sauce    11.95
Carnitas Sandwich morsels of tender roasted 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
Cuban Sandwich the ever popular "sub-style" sandwich of slow roasted sliced pork loin, honey baked ham, swiss cheese, mustard, mayonnaise and sliced dill pickles. press grilled a la plancha    10.95

Quesadillas

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

Lunch Specials $9.95

Caesar Salad grilled beef or chicken  
Tropical Salad grilled beef or chicken, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, heart of palm, mushrooms and spanish onions  
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  

Mixtas

Ropa Vieja traditional cuban dish of shredded flank steak cooked with tomatoes, onions, peppers and spices  
Ropa Vieja De Pollo same as above, but with shredded chicken  
Cuban Picadillo ground beef and pork cooked in criollo sauce with capers, olives, raisins and flavorful spices  
Carnitas Cubanas succulent morsels of tender pork marinated in our own criollo-style sauce and roasted with fragrant sevilla's bitter orange  
Puerto Rican Pionono one sweet plantain timbale stuffed with picadillo (ground beef and pork) and topped with monterey jack and cheddar cheese  

Entrees

Cuban & Puerto Rican.

Ropa Vieja one of the most popular and great cuban dishes of shredded flank steak slow cooked with tomatoes, onions, pepper and spices. served with ripe plantains, black beans and white rice    14.95
Cuban Picadillo well seasoned ground beef and pork cooked in criollo sauce with capers, olives and raisins. served with white rice, black beans and ripe plantains    13.95
Puerto Rican Piononos wonderful dish of sweet plantain timbales stuffed with picadillo (ground beef and pork) and topped with a blend of monterey jack and cheddar cheese. served with puerto rican red beans and white rice    14.95
Stuffed Plantains very hearty and delicious meal of 3 fried green plantains stuffed, one with picadillo (ground beef and pork), 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 (mashed green plantains seasoned with garlic and pork cracklings). oven roasted and topped with our ginger mango sauce. served with white rice, black beans and vegetables    18.95
Bistec Encebollado the owner's favorite. 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  
Bistec Encebollado beef    15.95
Bistec Encebollado chicken    14.95
Bistec Empanizado breaded and pounded flank steak or chicken breast pan fried and served with black beans and white rice. definitely old time comfort food, always a winner.  
Bistec Empanizado beef    15.95
Bistec Empanizado chicken    14.95
Bistec Empanizado add a caballo (topped with fried egg)    1.00
Bistec A La Milanesa the previous bistec empanizado topped with homemade marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese. served with black beans and white rice.  
Bistec A La Milanesa beef    16.95
Bistec A La Milanesa chicken    15.95
Churrasco Surf & Turf very tender churrasco steak topped with a delicate chimichurri 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

Entrees

Picadillo A Caballo topped with a fried egg    14.95
Carnitas Cubanas customer's all time favorite. succulent morsels of tender roasted pork marinated in spices and fragrant sevilla's bitter orange. served with yuca con mojo, black beans and white rice    15.95

Saltado

Your Choice Of: A Very Hearty Peruvian Dish Of Your Choice Of The Above Sauteed With Onions, Peppers, Tomatoes, Jalapenos, Fresh Garlic, Potatoes And White Wine. Served With White Rice And Black Beans.

Lomo (Beef) Or Chicken     14.95
Seafood shrimp & scallops    17.95

Mofongos

One Of Puerto Rico's Most Popular Dishes. Twice Fried Green Plantains Mashed In A Wood "Pilon" (Mortar) With Garlic, Pork Cracklings And Olive Oil. Served With A Side Of Chicken Broth And Garlic Bread. Topped With Your Choice Of:

Masitas De Cerdo pork    16.95
Bistec Encebollado flank steak with onions    17.95
Pollo chicken    16.95
Camarones shrimp    19.95
Mariscos seafood    19.95
Vegetales vegetables. sauteed spinach, zucchini, squash, broccoli, cauliflower, carrot, tomato, garlic and onions. no bacon added to the vegetarian mofongo    14.95

Tex-Mex

All The Items Below Are Served With Guacamole, Sour Cream And Pico De Gallo.

Fajitas grilled to perfection! served with refried beans, yellow rice and three flour tortillas  
Fajitas vegetables    12.95
Fajitas chicken    13.95
Fajitas beef    14.95
Fajitas shrimp    16.95
Fajitas plato azteca (chicken & beef)    14.95
Fajitas plato cozumel (sizzling jumbo shrimp with beef or chicken)    15.95
Tacos chicken or shredded beef, soft or crispy, served with yellow rice and refried beans    10.95
Enchiladas two stuffed corn tortillas baked and covered with ranchero sauce and melted cheese. served with yellow rice and refried beans  
Enchiladas cheese    10.95
Enchiladas spinach    11.95
Enchiladas beef, chicken or carnitas    12.95
Enchiladas mixed seafood (shrimp, scallops & squid    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 pepper and onions. served with black beans and yellow rice    14.95
Chimichangas quick fried stuffed flour tortilla served with yellow rice and refried beans. beef, chicken or carnitas    12.95
Chimichangas mixed seafood (shrimp, squid & scallops)    14.95
Burrito large flour tortilla, stuffed, baked and topped with ranchero sauce and melted mexican cheese. served with yellow rice, refried beans (except black bean burrito and vegetable & cheese served with black beans and white rice)  
Burrito beef, chicken or carnitas    12.95
Burrito black bean    10.95

Mariscos

Seafood.

Paella Valenciana legendary spanish dish of saffron rice simmered with shrimp, scallops, squid, mussels, chicken, chorizo sausage and herbs   (for 1) 19.95 (for 2) 36.95
Zarzuela De Mariscos delicious seafood stew of scallops, shrimp, squid, mussels and flounder cooked in a rich and creamy lobster bisque. served with white rice and garlic toast    18.95
Salmon A La Parilla grilled salmon. grilled chilean salmon glazed with our ginger mango sauce. served with coconut rice and ripe fried plantains. you will come back for more!    17.95
Pescado Criollo fillet 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. served with white rice and black beans. a customer favorite!    14.95

Nightly Specials

Served After 5:00pm.

Monday - Vaca Frita shredded flank steak cooked with onion, garlic and lime juice. served with white rice, black beans and yuca con mojo    13.95
Tuesday - Pechuga De Pollo pounded chicken breast stuffed with ripe plantains and parmesan cheese. topped with a delicate ginger mango sauce and served with red bean congri and julienne vegetables    13.95
Wednesday - Arroz Con Pollo the famous and ever popular cuban dish of chicken and rice cooked in saffron broth with bacon, olives, green peas and pimiento. served with tostones (fried green plantains)    13.95
Thursday - Ajiaco/Sancocho cubans call it ajiaco and puerto ricans call it sancocho. either way it is a delicious stew in a light broth consisting of beef, chicken and sausage with an assortment of tropical and regional vegetables. yuca, calabaza (pumpkin), plantains, corn on the cob, potatoes, carrots, peppers, onions, mushrooms, squash and zucchini. then we top if off with avocado and cilantro. served with garlic bread for dipping. (make sure you squeeze the lime in it will enhance the flavor and bring you luck!)    16.95
Friday - Lechon Asado roasted leg of pork, marinated in garlic, pepper, oregano and slow roasted for 8 hours and served with a light au jus. accompanied with arroz con gandules (rice with pigeon peas) and plantains. a puerto rican tradition!    17.95
Saturday - Guava BBQ Ribs pork bbq ribs glazed with a homemade delicious guava bbq sauce. served with black bean congri and tostones (fried green plantains). taste the flavors of the caribbean!    16.95
Sunday - Cuban Boliche eye of round beef stuffed with chorizo and ham, slow baked with onions, garlic and pepper. topped with an au jus sauce. served with red bean congri and ripe plantains. a sunday tradition!    15.95

Kid's $6.95

Cheese Pizza personal size with tomato sauce  
Pepperoni Pizza personal size with mozzarella, tomato sauce and pepperoni  
Grilled Cheese Sandwich prepared on white bread with cheddar cheese and fries  
Slider Grilled Chicken Sandwich one slider grilled chicken sandwich with swiss cheese and mayo. served with fries  
Pint Size Cheese Or Chicken Quesadilla a smaller version of the original. served with fries  
Taco one crispy or soft, chicken or beef taco served with refried beans and yellow rice  

Delicious Homemade Desserts $6.50

Cheesecake seasonal flavor  
Banana Bread Pudding   
Puerto Rican Tembleque   
Flan seasonal flavor  
Tres Leches   

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    sm 1.50 reg 3.50
Vegetables     3.95
One Enchilada Or One Taco     3.95
Tortillas flour or corn   (3) 1.50
Sour Cream     1.50
Shredded Mexican Cheese     1.50
Pico De Gallo     1.50

Sodas & Such

Soda lemonade    2.50
Coffee 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 latte    3.50
Virgin Frozen Drinks     4.50
Dominion Root Beer     3.50

Appetizers

Chips & Salsa made fresh daily    3.50
Alcapurrias fritter(2) made of mashed green bananas and root vegetables then stuffed with ground beef, olives, capers and pimentos. one of puerto rico's most popular street foods    7.95
Ham Croquettes four to the order. served with our homemade red pepper sauce    6.95
Empanadas one chicken, one picadillo (beef/pork) 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 simply amazing cilantro-lime sauce    7.95
Chicken Wings 10 to the order with celery, carrots and blue cheese dressing    10.95
Fried Calamari accompanied with our fresh mango sauce    8.95
Gambas Al Ajillo sauteed jumbo shrimp in a delicious lemon, garlic, butter and wine sauce. served with grilled bread    9.95
Cod Fish Fritters served hushpuppy-style with our house made guava sauce    8.95
Tropical Ceviche a customer favorite! fresh flounder, shrimp, scallops and squid marinated in citrus juices, ginger, red onion, cilantro and jalapenos. garnished with avocado, mango, pineapple and potatoes    11.95
Lechon (Pork) Nachos tortilla chips topped with black beans, puerto rican slow roasted pulled pork and blend of cheeses. topped with sour cream, pico de gallo, jalapenos, guacamole and green onions    10.95
Queso always popular, always requested 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

Quesadillas

Add In's: Spinach, Plantain, Mixed Vegetables, Roasted Corn, Mushrooms, Cooked Onions, Add Black Beans For One Filling $2, Add Any Extra $1. Add Chicken, Beef Or Pork For One Filling $3, Add Mixed $1, Add Shrimp $5, Add Mixed Seafood: Shrimp, Squid And S

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

Margaritas

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Cadillac customer's favorite made with cuervo gold and grand marnier.    10.95  54.95  26.95
Corona-Rita 21 oz. margarita topped with a coronita. a refreshing drink.   (1/2 cadillac) 15.00 house 10.00
Tropical mt. gay fum, triple sec and lime juice.    49.95  24.95  9.95
Skinny cuervo silver, cointreau and fresh lime juice    9.95
Pomegranate pmaliqueur mixed in a margarita.    9.95  49.95  24.95
Ocean Blue blue curacao mixed in a margarita. makes you feel like you're in the caribbean    22.95  8.95  44.95
Cherry cherry grand marnier, tequila, simple syrup and lime juice    27.95  10.95  54.95
Grand Raspberry & Peach grand marnier raspberry and peach, tequila, simple syrup and lime juice    10.95  54.95  27.95
House on the rocks    5.95  29.95  14.95
House Frozen     6.50  32.50  16.25

Cocktails

Mojitos our most popular drink! cuban cocktail made with rum, limes and fresh mint. your choice of traditional, coconut, mango, pineapple or guava   pitcher 44.95 (1/2 pitcher) 23.95 gl 7.95
The Puerto Rican don q rum, dry vermouth, lime juice, simple syrup and grenadine    7.95
Cat 5 Hurricane light rum, amaretto, pineapple juice and grenadine. hang on to your pants!    8.99
Rum Punch light and dark rum, pineapple juice, orange juice and grenadine    7.99
Blue Harbour captain morgan, malibu, blue curacao and pineapple juice    8.99
Caipirinha traditional brazilian cocktail made with cachaca, lime and sugar.   pitcher 49.00 gl 7.95
Cuba Libre an old classic cuban cocktail made with bacardi rum and coke    7.99
Sangria apricot brandy, fresh fruit and choice of red or white wine.   gl 6.99 (1/2 pitcher) 17.95 pitcher 35.95
Ricky's Bloody Mary absolut peppar with our own delicious bloody mary mix one of the best    8.95
Lucy's Champagno champagne, mango rum and mango nectar. you'll be back for more    7.95

Frozen Cocktails

Mango Margarita best in town! made with real mangos. sweet and delicious.   (1/2 pitcher) 24.95 gl 9.95 pitcher 49.95
Strawberry Margarita Or Daiquiri    gl 7.95 (1/2 pitcher) 19.95 pitcher 39.95
Puerto Rican Pina Colada    (1/2 pitcher) 19.95 gl 7.95 pitcher 39.95
Banana Daiquiri fresh banana, cruzan banana rum and banana liqueur   (1/2 pitcher) 22.95 pitcher 44.95 gl 8.95
Dirty Banana fresh banana, banana liqueur godiva chocolate liqueur and ice cream    8.95
Mounds Bar Milk Shake cruzan coconut rum, godiva chocolate liqueur and ice cream. wonderful!    7.95

Beers

Dos-Arita dos equis (xx) lager, tequila and sour mix    8.99
Michelada mexican beer, our own bloody mary mix and hot sauce. refreshing and delicious!    6.95
Michelona a 21 oz. refreshing michelada topped with a coronita    10.00
Domestic Drafts     4.00
Imported Drafts     5.00
Domestic Bottles bud light, miller lite, michelob ultra, yuengling, sam adams, sam seasonal, coronita    5.00
Imported Bottles corona, corona light, presidente, medalla, blue moon, tecate, dos equis (xx) amber and lager, pacifico, sol, negra modelo, red stripe heineken    5.00

Martinis

Purple Passion absolut, chambord and a splash of cranberry juice    8.95
Cherry Blossom captain morgan, malibu, orange juice and grenadine    87.95
Corazon De Melon rum, melon liqueur, pineapple and cranberry juice    7.95
Lemon Drop smirnoff sorbet lemon and lemon juice    8.95
Cha Cha Cha smirnoff sorbet mango, pineapple and mango juice    8.95
Watermelon Cooler watermelon vodka, watermelon pucker and splash of lime and cranberry juice    8.95
Caribbean Sunset ciroc amaretto, sour mix and grenadine    9.95

Wine

By The Gl Consuming Raw Or Undercooked Meats, Poultry, Seafood, Shellfish Or Eggs May Increase Your Risk Foodborne Illness.

Fish Eye Chardonnay rich and tasty, touch of vanilla    5.99
Fish Eye Pinot Grigio floral, crisp, refreshing and light    5.99
Fish Eye Sauvignon Blanc rich and tasty, touch of vanilla    5.99
Fish Eye Merlot palate is soft and long, plums dark fruit    5.99
Fish Eye Cabernet Sauvignon house cabernet, full bodied    5.99
Dolium Malbec argentina    8.99

 

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