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Nov 30, 2006 05:07 PM

El Nayal - Columbia/Jessup?

Has anyone tried the new Mexican place, El Nayal, which is located on Route 1 in Howard County? I'm not sure if this is technically Jessup, Elkridge, or "East Columbia", but it's north of 175 in a small building with a Subway. I checked out the menu, and it looks like mostly tacos and tortas (Barbacoa and Lengua caught my eye), and some soups. Unfortunately, I just ate and didn't try anything, but I'd love to get some feedback if anyone else had tried it.

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  1. Is it between 100 and 175?
    If I don't check it out tomorrow, I will definately next week!

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    1. re: hon

      Yes, it's between 100 and 175, on the right side if you're coming from 100. The signage is terrible (from the South), so look for a new Subway, and it's right next door.

    2. I am a frequent eater of El Nayal since they opened this summer! (My friends and I have even had meals catered from there). A couple of people have told me that it is pretty authentic, best part is that it's really cheap and affordable and good! They also have great breakfast deals :) Enjoy!

      1. What have you had there? Im thinking of trying it out, I work right around there.

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        1. re: ingramcol

          I went by this weekend. I think it's pretty good if your in the area and need a quick snack/meal. The tortas are very good, and cheap too. I had the lengua, which was very good, and also tried some of the carne asada, which was good as well. I don't think that I'd drive too far to get there, as I would with Mexican restaurants like La Sirinita, but if you're in the area, it's a pretty good place to stop.

          1. re: Jason1

            Yeah, i actually had lunch there today (its about 5 mins from my office). I was really hungry and in a hurry so i went the Gringo route and got the carne asada platter. I thought it was very good and completely met my expectations. Is the torta the item that looked like a mexican po-boy? Whatever that was will be what I will be having next time, it looked great. The quesadillas also looked great, which im not usually a huge fan of, but these seemed a more rustic version. I like tounge okay, but will be trying the barbocoa next.

            I agree its prob. not worth a drive, but it is certainly a welcome addition to the area especially given its authenticity (mostly mexican clientel) and price.

            1. re: ingramcol

              Just exactly where is this place? I went looking for it yesterday evening but couldn't find it.

              1. re: JonParker

                Their formal address is:

                El Nayar
                6790 Business Parkway
                Suite 102
                Elkridge, MD 21075

                They are right off of Rt. 1

                1. re: ingramcol

                  Thanks. I went yesterday evening and found it with no trouble. It's even closer to my house than I thought. I tried the enchiladas and a taco. It was quite good. I agree with those who say it's not worth a long drive, but it's close enough to me that it will likely become a regular stop.

                2. re: JonParker

                  It's just past Dorsey Road if your heading south on Washinton
                  Blvd(Rte 1)on the right head side.Personally if I'm in that
                  area I head for Grubbe's Beef stand on Dorsey Road and get
                  a sliced pork sandwich, but that's just me!

                  1. re: Hue

                    I will have to check out Grubbe's then. I work so close to that area but never venture over that way. Whats the sandwich like?