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Banana Cafe & Piano Bar

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    $$$$$18.01 - $25
    $$$$12.01 - $18
    $$$7.01 - $12
    $Less than $7
  • Latin American, Mexican, Cuban, Southwestern, Puerto Rican/Dominican, Small Plates/Tapas
  • 500 8th St SE, Washington DC20003 38.88246 -76.99494
  • (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.

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
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.

Lunch

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
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
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 Any Extra $1. Add Shrimp $5, Add Mixed Seafood: Shrimp Squid And Scallops $5.

Lunch Specials $9.95

Your Choice:

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

All In One Plate. All Served With Black Bean Congri Or White Rice Topped With Your Choice Of Red Or Black Beans, Ripe Plantains Or Yuca Con Mojo.

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   
beef   15.95
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.   
beef   15.95
chicken   14.95
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.   
beef   16.95
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

 

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   
vegetables   12.95
chicken   13.95
beef   14.95
shrimp   16.95
plato azteca (chicken & beef)   14.95
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   
cheese   10.95
spinach   11.95
beef, chicken or carnitas   12.95
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
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)   
beef, chicken or carnitas   12.95
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 1.50reg 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

Piano Bar

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

Just Cheese flour tortillas filled with mexican cheese. served with sour cream, pico de gallo and guacamole   7.95
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 Scallops $5.

Margaritas

Gl / 1/2 Pitcher / Pitcher.

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

Cocktails

Mojitos our most popular drink! cuban cocktail made with rum, limes and fresh mint. your choice of traditional, coconut, mango, pineapple or guavagl 7.95 (1/2 pitcher) 23.95 pitcher 44.95
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. gl 7.95 pitcher 49.00
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.gl 9.95 (1/2 pitcher) 24.95 pitcher 49.95
Strawberry Margarita Or Daiquiri gl 7.95 (1/2 pitcher) 19.95 pitcher 39.95
Puerto Rican Pina Colada gl 7.95 (1/2 pitcher) 19.95 pitcher 39.95
Banana Daiquiri fresh banana, cruzan banana rum and banana liqueurgl 8.95 (1/2 pitcher) 22.95 pitcher 44.95
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

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

 

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