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.
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.
Following Baja Fresh’s ethos set in 1990 as a healthy take on fast food, never-frozen meats sizzle atop the grill before they're tucked into made-to-order tacos and burritos. Grilled corn and flour tortillas embrace fish, carnitas, chicken, and steak, and smoky queso fundido sidles onto nachos and into burritos. Between bites, chips scoop up salsa made from farm-fresh produce rather than poured out of a can or fabricated in a space-age replicator. A complimentary salsa bar ensures no mouthful goes unspiced, and guests can scoop up their favorites as they await their dine-in, takeout, or catering orders.
Shareable creamy crab dip, hummus with goat cheese, and fried broccoli and cheese bites bring groups together inside the cozy 2110 Bistro. After whetting their appetites, diners move on to homestyle bistro entrees.
Chargrilled steaks and crab-stuffed salmon share menu space with vegetarian, vegan, and halal selections, including vegan ribs with Asian-inspired root vegetables and veggie Mojo sandwiches dressed with creamy horseradish. Meals conclude with rotating desserts made by the owner's grandmother.
In addition to catering to the surrounding diverse community with a variety of meals, the 2110 Bistro celebrates it by showcasing the work of local artists. And on select nights, comedians tell saucy jokes and musicians display the ocarinas they've fashioned out of hairdryers.
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.