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Banana Cafe & Piano Bar

500 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Hours of Service:

Monday: 11:00am - 9:00pm

Tuesday: 11:00am - 9:00pm

Wednesday: 11:00am - 9:00pm

Thursday: 11:00am - 9:00pm

Friday: 11:00am - 10:00pm

Saturday: 11:00am - 10:00pm

Sunday: 12:00pm - 9:00pm

(Hours of Service May Vary)
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 (beef/pork) one mixed seafood. Served with a delicious red pepper sauce

$8.95
Cuban Empanadas

As delicious as the famous sandwich. Two empanadas stuffed o the limit with baked ham, slow roasted pork, Swiss cheese and sliced dill pickles. Served with a papaya sauce

$7.95
Stuffed Yoca

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 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
House

Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, mushrooms and Spinach 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 pepper. Topped with homemade tortilla strips

$7.95
With Grilled Chicken or Beef

$4.00
With Mixed Shrimp, Scallops and Squid

$6.00
With Just Shrimp

$6.00
With Grilled Salmon

$6.00
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
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 platains

$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
Pernii 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 with white rice and black beans

$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

$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
Bistec A La Milanesa

The previous Bistec Empanizado topped with homemade marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese. Served with black beans and white rice

$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 congri and julienne vegetables

$19.95
Caribbean Vegetarian Combo

Superb vegetarian dish including tamal de elote, vegetables, fried plantains, yuca con mojo, gucamole, white and black beans

$12.95
Saltado

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. Your choice of:

$14.95
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
Vegetables

Sauteed spinach, zucchini, squash, broccoli, cauliflower, carrot, tomato, garlic and onions. No bacon added to the vegetarian mofongo

$14.95
Just Cheese

Flour tortillas filled with Mexican cheese and served with sour cream, pico de gallo and gucamole

$7.95
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 peppers 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 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 placha

$10.95
Caesar Salad

Grilled beef or Chicken

$9.95
Tropical Salad

Grilled beef or chicken, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, hearts of palm, mushrooms and Spanish onion

$9.95
Tacos A La Parrilla

Two flour tortillas filled with your choice of grilled beef or chicken. Served with refried bean, yellow rice, sour cream, guacamole and pico de gallo

$9.95
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

$9.95
Ropa Vieja

Traditional Cuban dish of Shredded flank steak cooked with tomatoes, onions, peppers and spices

$9.95
Ropa Vieja de Pollo

Same as above, but with shredded chicken

$9.95
Cuban Picadillo

Ground beef and pork cooked in criollo sauce with capers, olives, raisins and flavorful spices

$9.95
Carnitas 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 (ground beef and pork) and topped with Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese

$9.95
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 plantain 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 or Chicken and rice cooked in saffron borth 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 calabaz (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 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

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