El Sitio

5837 Riverdale Rd
Riverdale Park, 20737
Reviews:
This place was yummy!! It doesn't look like much from the outside but who cares? The staff are friendly and the food is authentic and delish. I ordered the Shrimp Mixta with grilled peppers and onions and the grilled chicken salad which came in a tasty crispy shell. Sooo good! I will be sure to take pics next time.
OK, so this place is not much to look at from the outside. It is located in a very dated shopping center next to a Latino grocery store. The interior is pretty barren too, with minimal décor and functionary seating. My co-workers often show up with take-out from here, and when I saw their quesadillas, I knew I must get one for myself. They didn't even know the name of the place, only that it said 'Chicken and Ribs' above the door. They have no take-out menu or website. So I ventured here one day after school. I was not disappointed! Their shrimp quesadilla ($10.95) is delicious! It is super cheesy and is filled with chunks of shrimp. I ate 3/4, and I was full. They serve it with plenty of salsa, sour cream, guacamole, and lettuce. It was well worth the price, which isn't cheap compared to all the taquerias in a two mile radius of this place. I think this place must have an active nightlife scene. I was there at 3pm and there were already two men drinking at the bar! It looks life it serve as a nightclub on the weekends since they are open late into the night. I finally found a place near my school that is worth visiting time and time again, although it will be mainly for take-out.
I ended up at Samlina after bailing out of rush hour traffic on the way to downtown dc...I had been craving subs all day, so an adventure into an unknown Mexican restaurant in Riverdale didn't ease my nerves at first. But when we opened the door, everything turned around. The place isn't fancy, but has a warm and fun vibe thanks to soccer posters, tempting beer ads, a HDTV, and an oceanfront mural on the walls. We ordered, and got to enjoy some crispy chips and fresh salsa while we waited. Then the food came. I got an appetizer combo -- yucca fritters that redefined for me what "Golden Brown and Delicious" could truly be, fried pork belly, and cheesy pupusas. Entirely delicious and very satisfying. A friend from Southern California (where good, authentic Mexican food is a required staple) got the chicken fajitas and loved them. And our other friend got the chicken, which was near perfection with its fully seasoned savory meat, supple tenderness, and nice char courtesy of the last-second finish on the grill. Everything was delicious, and blew our expectations out of the water. Venture out here, and get ready for a meal full of smiles.

(301) 864-1850

Mexican, American (New)

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Lesly’s Grill

6225-6233 Baltimore Ave
Riverdale Park, 20737
Reviews:
I really want to like this place - if it was the food alone, I would have given it 4 stars. But the atmosphere and oddities in our experience bump it down. Not much has changed in the furnishings from the old Calvert House Inn, which is either shabby or retro, depending on your spin. I'll give it the benefit of retro, since the old booths are comfortable. However, it was 7:30 on a Tuesday, and the blaring music (played over the sound of the blaring TVs) was enough to give anyone a headache - which it promptly did. My husband and I (the only two customers in the place) signaled to the bartender to turn the tvs down when he went to adjust the sound (up - mind you) which resulted in an added layer of feedback through the speakers. The waitress was friendly, and her English was about as good as my Spanish, so we compromised a bit to get our orders in. Unfortunately, they didn't have any limes for margaritas, the white wine selection was Moscato (not my taste), so I settled on a vodka soda (which was delivered as a watered down $9 Absolute). The side of guacamole I ordered to go with the chips somehow resulted in a sliced avocado delivered with my tacos and the beans were salty, salty, salty. The salsa had nice heat, but was very watery and served in cups so small that we had to keep asking for more, leaving half-filled dishes of tomato juice. But the chips were good, carne asada tacos delicious and yucca fries light and crispy. To paraphrase a neighborhood listserve posting: "I'd rather have a mediocre restaurant than an empty storefront" so I'll give them some time, and a few more chances - but with earplugs and advil in my purse.
From the outside, you can never really tell if it's open. Here's the deal with that though from what I gather. The old Calvert House Inn had two "rooms". Lesley's essentially is just one of those rooms, so if you park out back, go in through the door by Lynn Animal Hospital. It's been seemingly maybe open for a few months now, but I can never tell if it's actually open, and there are NO reviews about it anywhere. We walked in the door, and the gold cup match between Panama and Mexico was about to begin on the four huge TV screens. The faces of both of the people that work there were had the faint glow cast from their phone screens reflecting back. The Latin music was loud. I mean loud like a sports bar loud. We were the only patrons on a Wednesday night. This did not bode well. We were about to choose our table, so we sat at a booth. The booth seemed like the table was just a few inches too narrow for how far away the seats were though. I thought that was kind of weird. We were given multicolor tortilla chips with some salsa. Hmmm. Not homemade chips, watery salsa, the only patrons and loud loud music? We were willing to stick it out. I'm very glad we did! The watery salsa was actually quite tasty. The chips were standard thin tortilla chips, nothing special. We got the fried yuca and chicharones appetizer, and holy guacamole! The yuca was fried to absolute perfection. You know when you get fries and the outside is crispy and the inside is almost creamy? Yeah. That. The chicharones were great too. Not too crunchy and not too salty with a nice balance of meat and fat. Up next, the sopa de res. I've had this dish at a number of places, and it's never been as good as I had here. The broth was also not as salty as many other places. It was delicious and totally hit the spot. There was yuca, corn, beef ribs, cabbage and a few other veggies and a ripe plantain that I initially thought was an eggplant. It's sweetness threw me a little bit, but I eat weird things, so whatever. My wife got carne asado tacos, and they were yummy too. They come with a green sauce that is a little creamy. Do you eat Peruvian or roasted chicken at some of these pollo places? Do you know that green sauce? Well, it's just like that but creamy. A little less green, but just as much rock and roll spicy. The frijoles were the only thing that was pretty salty, but not too badly. Honestly, I feel like they kind of balanced out the salt nicely. The only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is the sound system and music issue. It was mega loud in there. My wife and I had to lean in to hear each other speak, and granted, it was the Gold Cup game, but there were clearly at least two zones, one for the bar, and the other for the dining area. We asked the guy that was taking care of the sound to turn it down a little bit, and he did. After a few minutes, the music started up very loudly again for like two songs. I really do hope that they figure out the music and sound levels, because the food was spot on, and we could use another great restaurant in that particular area. I'm not claiming that I know what authentic Salvadorean or Latin food should taste like, but it was straight up delicious and I'll definitely go back. After all, they do have desayuno! (breakfast!)
Was optimistic about coming to a relatively new, local establishment, and always looking for great "Mexican" food. Had a little trouble finding our way in through the back door - there was a sign which said something in Spanish about using the next door. Being able to read a bit of Spanish, we made our way in, and music was *blaring*. They eventually figured out how to turn it down for us, and the smattering of other customers in the restaurant. Even though the place was almost empty, it took forever for our drinks to arrive (I hate seeing them at the bar, waiting for our server to notice...tic toc). And we waited again for service to replenish our drinks. It was dark, but we managed to read our menus enough to find something to order. Appetizer and 3 entrees. Our appetizer came out late, without plates to eat off of (she placed a plate of food in the center of an otherwise empty table) -- and at the same time as our entrees...but minus my husband's meal. Our young waitress didn't write down our order, which was fine, but she got my order wrong. I was still fine up until this point -- I didn't send my food back, because our food took so long in the first place. But once I got to actually eating the food I was served (for which I would be expected to pay) -- it was terrible. It wasn't even cooked all the way - it wasn't hot. That's when I kind of lost it. Our server hadn't been keeping very good care of us up until that point, and I wasn't planning on waiting for her to come back. So I retrieved her and explained that the food was not just wrong, but it was also bad (see: not cooked/not hot). She did her best to address my concerns, but once things go wrong to this level - the service, the food, the follow up, everything - it's really hard to come back from that. She offered to remake my food, now that I was actually kind of full by this point, and my family was done eating. It was all they could do, so I said ok, and asked for another margarita! Not because I wanted to hang out and enjoy the absolutely terrible service and food, but because I needed another drink by this point. I was definitely...upset. When the bill came, we were kind of shocked, and after reviewing, it turned out they charged me for the last margarita ($10!)... I always review the bill, and asked the waitress to take the last margarita off. She gave me *ample* attitude and told me she could get the manager if I liked. Of course I took her up on this. But I never did see the manager! Instead, our young server came back with the bill, revised, minus the last margarita. Thanks. When I looked closely at the margarita, which was supposed to assuage many ills, there was a little fly in it. As I pulled out my phone to write this review, the waitress decided it would be a good time to "pre-bus". And with a table full of half eaten food, she chose to take the margarita with the fly in it. You can have it. Cheers.

(301) 209-7069

Mexican

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McDonald’s

5600 Riverdale Rd
Riverdale Park, 20737
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(301) 277-6849

Fast Food, Burgers

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