Help with Tex-Mex please!
I usually frequent Rio Grande in Bethesda (best steak fajitas I know of in DC/MD) and Cactus Cantina for my Tex-Mex cravings, but I'm in the need of something new. Do you guys have any suggestions?
Guapos is decent but I prefer Rio. Lauriol Plaza is identical to Cactus Cantina imo and Cactus is closer to me. Ive only been to Austin Grill once and I thought it was terrible. Ive been to El Mariachi on rockville pike (it was ok), Tia Queta in Bethesda (more Mex-Mex, not bad nothing great, it's a crime they serve chips from a bag rather than homemade though), and that's really it...
Any Tex-Mex (great fajitas, chips, chile con queso) places you guys recommend? There has to be something I havent tried yet.
P.S. I plan on trying that place in Layhill, El Napolita (sp?) soon, even though it is more mex-mex seafood focused (I love seafood).
curious, what didn't you like about Austin Grill. I haven't been in a couple years, but have always held it in high esteem. Wish there was one closer to me.
I agree that Rio has the best steak fajitas around, and am also jonesing for a new mexican find (particularly in Northern VA).
On the Border has really impressed me recently, especially for a chain. I always tend to get the same thing, carnitas fajitas, because I like them so much, but they also have good chips and salsa, queso, and yummy beef brisket tacos.
you know, i dont even remember what I had there, and Im not sure I even ordered fajitas... all I know is that I distinctly remember leaving austin grill and saying, "that place sucks, im never going back." maybe ill have to give it a second shot...
On the Border is good, but I consider Rio to be better.
I have had some fun times and good food at El Paso Cafe off Glebe Rd in Arlington (reminds me a lot of Rio Grande actually but more 'mom and pop'). In addition, they make good margaritas and have a live mariachi band on weekends sometimes. FYI - it doesn't look like much from the outside so don't be scared off.
Also, I think lots of Tex-Mex places can have 'off nights' because of crowdsand kitchen turnover, so I would encourage you at least to give 'South Austin Grill' a try (maybe rather than the original Austin Grill). There is one in Burke and one in Old Town and I have enjoyed both - the Old Town one more so. The pork carnitas are one of my favorite Tex-Mex entrees in the area.