Zen West lassos together an assortment of Tex-Mex fare and American Western décor in a laid-back environment primed for dinner and drinks. Cowhands can tether their horses to a bike rack before sauntering inside to peruse the menu and fill up on tacos ($6.95+) and burritos ($7.95+) stuffed with steak, chicken, vegetables, and other tasty morsels. After an exhausting afternoon of throwing hay bales into an obnoxious neighbor’s pool, refuel with sandwiches such as the fried chicken sandwich ($8.95) and the grilled portobello sandwich ($7.95). Additionally, thirsty patrons can stock up on drinks at the bar.
El Rodeo Mexican Cuisine & Tequila Bar treats its guests to a sensory feast, with its colorful interior, elegantly plated Mexican meals, and colorful cocktails made from top-shelf spirits. Guests dine amid a newly designed, slightly irreverent interior, with decorations such as a skeleton swigging from a liquor bottle, brightly painted murals on the walls, and a skeleton suffering a terrible hangover. Chefs whip up succulent lunches and dinners such as salmon cremoso, rich chicken mole poblano, and burritos stuffed with seasonal veggies and tender steak, while barkeeps whip up potent margaritas from high-end tequilas.
Three menus, one location. That might be a lot for some restaurants to handle, but not for Alonso's and Loco Hombre. 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. Then there's Loco Hombre, whose menu adds on a section for anything served in or on a tortilla. The jewels here include a broiled salmon burrito and tacos available with one of eight fillings. But the real action happens at the bar, where drinks are shaken, poured, or blended, be they margaritas or domestic craft beers served in fancy glasses.
Ethel and Ramone's taps into the bounty of flavors from Chesapeake Bay and New Orleans to serve a harmonious mix of Cajun and Maryland cuisines. Salivating diners can browse the menu for appetizers, such as the pan-fried oysters ($10), served with a dusting of Cajun spices and a chilled remoulade on the side. Stick to a hometown staple with the crab cakes delmarva (market price), where delicate crabmeat mingles with Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, and a sprinkling of ciabatta breadcrumbs. Or find the pot of gumbo at the end of the Cajun rainbow with the authentic gumbo, which is steeped in andouille, okra, and vegetables and dunked with your preferred type of meat (sausage, bronzed chicken, shrimp, crab, or seafood combination) ($17–$22). Those taking a lunchtime break from building an art museum that will house only artwork finger-painted by Shaquille O'Neal can snack on several sandwiches, such as the Shrimp Marty with blackened shrimp and savory bacon on toasted ciabatta ($12) .
Sandella's upscale flatbread chain is spreading rapidly to form a robust crust of healthy pizza and paninis surrounding the Baltimore region and beyond. The secret of Sandella's proprietary brick-oven flatbread is kept by skilled property managers, who ward off teen detectives' regular attempts to solve the menu's mystery of health and taste fusion. Configure your body's bread-intake valve for a provolone & veggie panini ($4.99), or sneak away from your dust cloud from fighting cartoon characters for a brazilian chicken grilled flatbread ($5.99). This Groupon is not valid for alcohol purchases, but perfectly valid for 100% crushed-fruit smoothies and fountain sodas.
Marianella and her brother Marco assert on their site that they “were raised practically in their mother’s Latin American restaurants.” With such a familiarity with the restaurant industry, the siblings opened their own eatery in 2001, dedicating the menu to the cuisines of Chiapas and Puebla, Mexico and incorporating occasional Peruvian recipes. The hearty and affordable selection of beef-filled burritos, sizzling chicken fajitas, and ceviche earned the restaurant a space on CBS Baltimore’s 2011 list of the Best Mexican Food in Baltimore. Yellow walls, brightly colored tablecloths, and framed pictures of the Mexican desert help create a rustic cantina ambience. Local bands meet at the restaurant every weekend to entertain diners with acoustic performances and lectures on basic typewriter maintenance.