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Best mexican/margritas in Bmore

mandyb Nov 7, 2007 04:44 AM

Looking for some great suggestions for mexican and margritas for a upcoming bday party. Suggestions welcome!

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    onocoffee RE: mandyb Nov 7, 2007 06:07 AM

    Perhaps if you describe to everyone what kind of food you think "Mexican" is and your expectations, we can make more appropriate suggestions for your party. Especially since "Mexican" runs the gamut from Taco Bell to Los Arcos.

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      mandyb RE: mandyb Nov 7, 2007 07:39 AM

      I am looking for a nice atmosphere (casual) where they have great food and margritas. Something a bit more upscale than taco bell......if possible.

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        bkath RE: mandyb Nov 7, 2007 08:07 AM

        Blue Agave in Fed Hill might fit the bill, you can check them out:


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          pigtowner RE: bkath Nov 7, 2007 08:18 AM

          2nd Blue Agave - they have great margaritas, lots of flavors. I usually find I like the appetizers better than entrees there, so I order a few apps for a meal.

          The people who originally ran Blue Agave now own a different place in Fed Hill called Rub, which is a Texas BBQ place - also has good margaritas (only original flavor) and good food.

          Both places would be fun for a birthday party.

          1843 Light St, Baltimore, MD

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            RJJR RE: pigtowner Nov 7, 2007 08:41 AM

            Los Portales down by BWI Airport on Aviation drive. Good food, atmosphere and drinks.

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          bmore_flavor RE: mandyb Nov 7, 2007 12:34 PM

          I enjoy Holy Frijoles! 908 W 36th St. Baltimore, MD 21211Tel: 410-235-2326 in Hampden. Fun atmosphere, but can get crowded with hipsters on some nights. I prob wouldnt say they are the best, but good drinks/ food and atmoistphere always make for a good time. They also have 1/2 price Margaritas on Mondays ( I think its Mondays?).

          Or there is Nacho Mamas in Canton Square. Again, not the best Mexican in town, but a fun way to get started.

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            Jeserf RE: bmore_flavor Nov 8, 2007 07:56 AM

            I like Holy Frijoles!, too. cheap and the veggie taco salad is HUGE and super tasty. Not authentic Mexican, but awesome

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            imgould RE: mandyb Nov 7, 2007 12:45 PM

            I would suggest Arcos on Broadway, near Fells Point. It's very cute, not a chain, and great for parties. Plus the food is waaay better than Holy Frijoles and Nacho Mamas, IMHO, and it has interesting options beyond tacos and burritos. Great mole and roast pork, especially if you're there on a weekend.

            1. greglor RE: mandyb Nov 7, 2007 01:00 PM

              After trying several places in Baltimore that were recommended to me as "great Mexican", I've given up on the search for Mexican food in Baltimore. It seems that this isn't one of this city's gifts (though the margueritas at Rub is good).

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                jes RE: greglor Nov 7, 2007 01:48 PM

                Mari Luna's in on reisterstown Rd. is GREAT Mexican. Not for this post since its BYOB but if you're looking for good Mexican defiently check it out,....

                Mari Luna
                Baltimore, MD, Baltimore, MD

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                  JonParker RE: jes Nov 7, 2007 04:39 PM

                  Totally agree about Mari Luna. They have the best chile rellenos ever, and I'm from Oklahoma and New Mexico. I considered recommending it but didn't because of the BYOB issue.

                  I was impressed with the food at Carolina's on Broadway, where we held one of our chowhound dinners. They do serve beer at least, but I have no idea what their margaritas are like.

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                  ko1 RE: greglor Nov 7, 2007 04:47 PM

                  I have not been to Mari Luna and have heard good things, but overall there is no good, above average Mexican in Baltimore that I have found. Carolina's also gets good word of mouth but I have not been yet. There was a recent local CH dinner there if you do a search.

                3. scarlet starlet RE: mandyb Nov 8, 2007 07:15 AM

                  Los Amigos on Harford Rd. has grown on me, but it might not be nice enough for a bday party.

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                    bmore_flavor RE: scarlet starlet Nov 8, 2007 07:17 AM

                    Los Amigos is good, maybe not that exciting to have a b-day party there....El Salto in Northwood Shopping Center off of Joppa Road is decent too. Although again, not much to look at.

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                      hon RE: bmore_flavor Nov 8, 2007 07:32 AM

                      Just had lunch at El Salto 2 weeks ago, it was the ugliest most tasteless "Mexican" food I have ever had. The "salsa" that came with the chips tasted like ketchup/stewed tomatos. I would never #1 go back and #2 recommend it to anyone. Yuck.

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                        ko1 RE: hon Nov 8, 2007 07:45 AM

                        I like their chile rellenos.

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                          Hal Laurent RE: hon Nov 8, 2007 10:23 AM

                          I like the Tacos El Salto.

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                            a70wilson RE: hon Nov 8, 2007 03:20 PM

                            I actually really like the salsa at El Salto. It tastes nothing like ketchup to us. It is a blended/completely smooth salsa - no chunk of tomato, etc., so I suppose it depends upon what one is looking for. It usually has a nice mild tomato with jalapenos blended-in flavor. The cheese enchiladas are simple like I like them. My fellow loves the chili relleno because he never knows if the pepper is going to be spicy or sweet. We always have a quick cheap yummy meal - nothing fancy and definitely not about presentation.

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                        bkath RE: mandyb Nov 9, 2007 08:39 AM

                        Los Amigos is local to me & I keep trying to like it, but I've never found the food to be that good, Mexican or otherwise, and to me the ritas taste like cough syrup. We are regulars at El Salto, as others have said not much to look at, the salsa is a little bland, but the shrimp cocktail is very authentic Mexican style, the chile relleno is as good as any I've had in Mexico. DH loves the shrimps barrachos. The people who work there are so nice and accomodating. I always threaten to take DH for his birthday - if you tell them it's a birthday, they bring a big sombrero & a little cake with a sparkler and everyone in the place sings Happy Birthday and it doesn't seem cheesy like in many places where they do that sort of thing. Always lots of Latinos eating there, which I take as a good sign. Would not rec Holy Frijoles for food, Nacho Mama's either, bleah.

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