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Mexican by Mexicans in Chestertown

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So we've been coming down to Chestertown on the Eastern Shore for the past 5 years (3 hrs from NYC, 90 mins from Philly and DC.) It's a beautiful, 18th century port town on the Chesapeake (the Chester River actually which wends it way to the bay eventually). Kent County is one of the most rural areas on the Eastern Shore, all farmland, very spread out, quiet. The farms are packed with migrant Mexicans, so we've been wondering if we would ever find a Mexican restaurant. And finally last year, one opened.

Tapatia is located in the parking lot of a big shopping plaza, with a tacky neon sign, so close to the KFC you are overwhelmed by the smeel as you walk to the door. There would be no reason to go in except if you knew there was a serious Mexican community in town. We are thrilled with the food - very user-friendly standard Mexican fare - burritos, fajitas, tamales, enchiladas, etc. But the food is just roundly spectacular. We're from NYC, and this could rival any of the NYC options we have in our Greenwich Village neighborhood. And the chile rellenos are to die for. Even the beans and rice are perfection.

I don't know if you ever have a reason to pass through these parts - it is not on the way to anywhere, but this place is worth the trip. The service is erratic and charming, only 50% of the staff speak English, though they don't let on - they just smile and nod as you ask for something. Then go away and never come back. And the price is great too. If you're looking for an excuse to do a day trip from DC sometime, check this place out. And nearby Rock Hall has some nice views if you like boating.

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