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Jalapeños Restaurant in Annapolis ... recent reports?

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uwsgrazer Aug 20, 2012 10:45 AM

We'll be in Annapolis for the day next week. We're looking for a casual place with very good food and reasonable prices (entrees up to $20 or so). We like great food and will gladly trade atmosphere for really tasty food.

Does Jalapeños fit the bill? Any other suggestions? Exact travel plans are still in formation but it will likely be a weekday (early in the week) and the timing would likely be either late lunch or early dinner.

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    BrickT RE: uwsgrazer Aug 23, 2012 11:25 AM

    Jalapeno's is still the most underated restaurant in Annapolis. Whenever my wife and I go out and try anywhere else we end up wishing we just went there.

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      laststandchili RE: uwsgrazer Aug 23, 2012 01:38 PM

      I agree. It's quite possibly the only restaurant in Annapolis worth frequenting.

      We opt for tapas quite a bit, and order obscene amounts of food, and are always stunned when the bill arrives and it's quite reasonable. They're also very consistent which is a big plus given the wildly erratic, tourist and beverage focused local restaurant scene.

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        cb1 RE: uwsgrazer Aug 23, 2012 01:55 PM

        Jalapenos vs Sin Froneras Cafe? Any opinions? We are going to be in Annapolis this weekend, and I'd like to hit one of the two. Have been to neither before.

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          BrickT RE: cb1 Aug 23, 2012 04:59 PM

          I have never been to Sin Fronteras but have heard that is good. I'm not a huge fan of Mexican food and prefer the Spanish tapas options at Jalapeños.

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            crackers RE: cb1 Aug 24, 2012 09:03 AM

            A recent dinner at Jalapenos was really good, though we hit the New World offerings and not the Old (except the wine). The enchiladas de mole were especially delicious, with the dark Oaxacan mole. Have not yet been to Sin Fronteras; Todd Kliman recently raved about the guac there, and that's reason enough to try it. http://www.sinfronterascafe.com/mexic...

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            uwsgrazer RE: uwsgrazer Aug 26, 2012 09:14 PM

            Thanks for the feedback, everyone. Just stumbled across Cafe Normandie, as I wind down the final research for this trip. Sounds quite different from Jalapenos in food and ambiance (though perhaps I'm mistaken here). Anyway, leaning towards Jalapenos but still open to any input from 'Hounds

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              laststandchili RE: uwsgrazer Aug 27, 2012 01:45 PM

              My wife is a big fan, I'm not so much. Kind of old school, clunky, heavy, Frenchified stuff. Last time around I had sweetbreads in a flavorless, and rather greasy sauce that I'd best describe as "brown." Whole preparation was kind of bland on bland, side of veggies actually featured supermarket style "carrettes." Not impressed. Oh, and our waiter was comical in his deigning to wait on us. Thier weekend breakfast offerings are solid. Crepes, crepes, crepes.

              If you specifically want this style of food in Annapolis, I'd recommend Les Follies http://www.lesfoliesbrasserie.com/ over Cafe Normandie. Les F's seafood offerings are usually first rate. Knowledgable waitstaff who have been there for years. The owner is apparently ruthless about turning away deliverys of less than premium food.

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              astrobabe RE: uwsgrazer Aug 27, 2012 03:54 PM

              We went to Jalapenos and went for the tapas selection a little over a month ago and I found it a bit bland and flavorless when compared to places like Mas in Charlottesville.

              I don't think I'd actually recommend Jalapenos as being worth a purposeful diversion.

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                uwsgrazer RE: uwsgrazer Aug 29, 2012 07:55 AM

                Alas, we never made it to Jalapenos or any other restaurant on our visit to Annapolis yesterday. Most of our day was spent on the grounds of the US Naval Academy and we ended up getting a quick lunch at the public snack bar.

                We'll likely visit Annapolis again and will perhaps go to Jalapenos then. Thanks again for the feedback.

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                  ontheellipse RE: uwsgrazer Nov 19, 2012 05:18 PM

                  Jalapeños is still as good as ever. The owners do a great job and the servers are always warm and informative. Get anything that contains potatos or the sherry cream sauce.

                  Sin Fontares is also really good, but more Mexican and a lot more casual.

                  Love both places. VIN 909 is a great option, too.

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