The Flores family never dreamed that 15 years after they emigrated from Mexico, Maryland state senator Jim Robey would be on hand at their restaurant opening to whack a celebratory piñata. Yet that's exactly how the business started—with an explosion of candy foretelling a boom of happy customers.
Named for the Flores’s hometown of Nayarit, El Nayar was designed as a reflection of the clan’s personality, which they describe as "authentic Mexican, laid-back, and down-to-earth." They’re proud that amid the exposed-brick columns and blue- and red-tiled counter, immigrants can be found enjoying cactus and eggs beside American businessmen talking shop over tacos and quesadillas. It’s this mentality, along with sizzling fajitas and house-made spicy sauce, that has earned the restaurant an award as a Top 10 Mexican Restaurant by the Baltimore Sun.
Also honored with a Healthy Howard award for the dietary excellence of its menu, the BYOB establishment encourages diners to supplement meals with glasses of a favorite red wine, good for the heart, or shots of tequila, good for hand-walking skills and adding into specialty margaritas.
Former commercial airline pilot Rodrigo Albarran, copiloted by his family and team of chefs, flies vibrant Mexican plates across the runway of R&R Taqueria's eight-stool counter. Though the salsa-spangled morsels emerge from a pair of modest eateries situated at an Elkridge Shell station and the White Marsh Mall food court, the dazzling menu garners praise from a bevy of media palates, including that of Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and the Washington Post. Critics laud the zingy salsas prepared throughout the day, tender handmade tamales, and pastor beef marinated slowly in a blend of onions, dried chilis, and pineapple. R&R also loads fresh tacos with lamb or beef, then dapples each with onions and sprigs of fresh cilantro, following the culinary traditions of Mexico City and Mexican-cheese support groups alike.
If you're leaning towards Mexican, swing by Zen West Roadside Cantina for a mellow meal. Zen West Roadside Cantina is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both gluten-free and healthy items on the menu. Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at Zen West Roadside Cantina won't disappoint. Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at Zen West Roadside Cantina. Home to one of the happiest happy hours, pop in after work for great drinks and good company. You won't feel cramped at Zen West Roadside Cantina, even with a large party — the restaurant is perfect for large groups. At Zen West Roadside Cantina, there's no need to confine your meal to a traditional dining room — outdoor seating is available when the weather is warm. Live DJs often entertain the evening crowd while dining. Between the music and the crowds, Zen West Roadside Cantina's noise levels can be intense.
No need to put on airs for a trip to Zen West Roadside Cantina — the dress code and ambience at this restaurant are totally laid-back. Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy Zen West Roadside Cantina's cooking from the comfort of their own home. Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Zen West Roadside Cantina also offers catering.
Bring your car to dinner and easily find a space in the area — street parking is available, as is a nearby lot.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Zen West Roadside Cantina's moderately priced fare. Major credit cards — including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express — are accepted. The dinner menu is a crowd pleaser at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
A true taste of the world, delicious Cuban fare can be found at Little Havana. Come prepared to feast at Little Havana — with no low-fat options, any diets will need to be put aside for the moment. The bar at Little Havana is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer. You won't need to get a sitter before heading to Little Havana — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment. Have a big celebration coming up? Consider the private room at Little Havana, perfect for large groups of revelers. Don't go off the grid! With the free wifi at Little Havana, you can surf the web and get some work done. Enjoy the cool summer breezes on Little Havana's seasonally available outdoor seating. Between the music and the crowds, be prepared for a lot of noise at this restaurant. Four-legged friends are welcome at the restaurant.
Or, take your grub to-go. Little Havana can also cater your next party; call today for details.
A visit to Little Havana will set you back less than $30 per person, so you can make it a regular part of your schedule. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all on Little Havana's menu — you can stop by whenever the moment's right for you.
Inside the Lexington Market, Mexican Delight’s chef draws on more than 20 years of experience to build a simple menu of fresh entrees, including halal options. Steamed tortillas fold around three kinds of burritos, including a breakfast version with spicy eggs and a queso option with two kinds of cheese. Fajita plates sizzle with hand-cut meat, and diners can bookend their meals with an appetizer of chicken-stuffed jalapeños and deep-fried ice cream sweetened with honey and whipping cream. On Fridays and Saturdays, live musicians play blues, motown, and jazz tunes to entertain guests and help couples chew their meals in perfect rhythm.
Three menus, one location. That might be a lot for some restaurants to handle, but not for Alonso's. Both welcome guests during lunch and dinner with their own menus?with some overlap?and a third that takes care of hungry dwellers in the bar area. With all those options, It can be hard to make just one dining choice here. Alonso's dinner menu is home to American classics and Tex-Mex flair, with an emphasis on the kitchen's famous burgers and pasta dishes.