Dept of AG

Dept of AG

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Now that we’re on good terms with Cuba and everything, you’ll probably be flying to Havana soon. Discovering your new favorite beaches. And rums. And ropa vieja.

Better get practicing on those last two so you know what to look for.

At someplace like this… AG Kitchen, the first DC-area outpost from Cuban celebrity chef Alex Garcia, opening Monday in Silver Spring.

You might know the name. He’s been all over New York. And the Food Network. Here, he’s got the kind of place you’ll want to hit before a show at AFI.

There are plenty of good seats in the colorful dining room, which you can see in this slideshow. But for now, let’s focus on the patio overlooking a fountain. Because that’s where you’ll want to sip a cilantro-infused daiquiri, a banana-butterscotch-rum milkshake or—what the hell—a pitcher of sangria.

From there, it’s all short rib arepas, rum-glazed shrimp or—what the hell again—one of 11 burgers, topped with stuff like green chilies, grilled-pineapple relish and guava BBQ sauce.

If time is not on your side, don’t worry. Just head around to the Georgia Avenue entrance, where you’ll find a quick-service window with plantains, roasted pork and Cubano sandwiches.

Cubanos > movie popcorn.

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