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madylarian
The curmudgeonly
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Parkville, MD

It's that time of year again.

The restaurant thread was too old to reply to, but the other night we went to my favorite place for seafood, Captain's Cafe, up in Middle River. That's where we usually go for steamed crabs but since it's that time of year I had to have soft crabs. What makes this place so good is not only the seafood, but the vegetables. They always have some kind of fresh ones and last night it was fresh spinach, which was out of this world good.

For cheap but good bar food:

*The Firehouse Tavern on Joppa Road just 2 blocks west of Harford Road (The best shrimp salad sandwiches)
*Olde Philadelphia Inn on Philadelphia Road, just a few miles north of 695. (Huge sandwiches and good steaks)
*Tully's on Belair Road just above the Beltway. (Also makes a great soft crab dinner)
For a great, cheap diner with incredible food and lots of local atmosphere:
*The Boulevard Diner on Merrit Blvd. in Dundalk
And my all-time favorite Italian restaurant:
Scotto's Cafe in The Festival at Belair, Rt. 24 between I95 and Belair Road in Belair. ( The only bruschetta I like and I don't like tomatoes or tomato sauce)
mady
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Rxdoxx
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Middle River, MD
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1 recommendation

Woo Hoooo FOOD

Tully's been to, stopped a while ago, sometimes decent other times fair. Don't know if it was whoever was in the kitchen, but got rubbery (freezer burnt??) calamari once too often. But Tully's is an ok place.

Old Philadelphia Inn is ok also. Went there often, very good crab pretzel. Steak, especially on steak special night (Thursday??) was a bargain. Again depending on who was in the kitchen. I like steaks true medium. I think it was Mike that got it right, the other cook thought medium was well done. But again, another nice place.

Driven by Firehouse many times, never stopped. Will check them out in the near future.

Where exactly is Captains cafe?

I like I think it is Captain's Quarters (or its Crab Quarters, I get the names mixed up, one is more a carry-out, the other is the nicer restaurant) in Chase, not cheap-cheap but food was always great.

My favorite cheapie is Jad's Caddy Shack on Back River Neck Rd (across from the Rite-Aid). Fried food is never greasy, large portions and nice prices. Country fried steak with mashed sweet potatoes keeps calling me back there, but I've had a lot of other things there from fried ravioli to pot pie in an edible "bowl".

Loonie's in BelAir Business Rte 1 north of 24, next to the Wawa has an awesome crab dip.
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madylarian
The curmudgeonly
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Parkville, MD

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said by Rxdoxx:
Woo Hoooo FOOD

Where exactly is Captains cafe?

I like I think it is Captain's Quarters (or its Crab Quarters, I get the names mixed up, one is more a carry-out, the other is the nicer restaurant) in Chase, not cheap-cheap but food was always great.
Captain's Cafe
2843 Eastern Boulevard, Essex, MD 21221
(410) 682-4581

Crab Quarters is just a little bit past Captain's Cafe. There's a small sign on the corner of Captain's Cafe's lot that says Crab Quarters and underneath that, in very small print, it's says something like "1 block". We were actually going to Crab Quarters and went to Captain's Cafe by mistake when we saw that sign.

Fronting Eastern Avenue is the liquor store. The restaurant is in back. Enter it from the left side (facing the liquor store). There's a garage just before it and the parking lot surrounds the building so you can enter it on both sides.

mady
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madylarian
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Parkville, MD
reply to Rxdoxx

said by Rxdoxx:
Woo Hoooo FOOD

My favorite cheapie is Jad's Caddy Shack on Back River Neck Rd (across from the Rite-Aid). Fried food is never greasy, large portions and nice prices. Country fried steak with mashed sweet potatoes keeps calling me back there, but I've had a lot of other things there from fried ravioli to pot pie in an edible "bowl".

We scouted out the location of Jad's last weekend on the way home from Captain's Cafe. Jeeze, but Back River Neck Road has changed! I haven't been down it in a long time, though it was always kind of sleazy, even the 15 or so years ago the last time I drove it. No, wait, my father tells me it was kind of grubby when he moved there from NYC back in 1948 to work at Martin Marietta.

Btw, have you been to the Boulevard Diner on Merrit Blvd. just past where Trappe Rd. runs into it? I really like the place. Cheap food, decent quality and a huge menu. Personally, I like it much better than the latest version of the Double T diners. Well, for that matter, I never liked the original Double T diners, either of them. I always liked the Bel-Loc much better.

mady
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madylarian
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Parkville, MD
reply to Rxdoxx

said by Rxdoxx:
Woo Hoooo FOOD

My favorite cheapie is Jad's Caddy Shack on Back River Neck Rd (across from the Rite-Aid). Fried food is never greasy, large portions and nice prices. Country fried steak with mashed sweet potatoes keeps calling me back there, but I've had a lot of other things there from fried ravioli to pot pie in an edible "bowl".

We tried Jad's tonight on your recommendation and we are definitely going back! Good food, great prices and huge portions. We did the soup and salad thing tonight but the table next to us got the fried chicken and it looked home made. It was nice to have some Maryland crab soup that tasted like crab soup, not vegetable soup with some crab meat in it. Thanks Rxdoxx!

mady
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Rxdoxx
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Middle River, MD
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Jad's is kinda like Sip-N-Bite (Boston & Alicanna Sts), you drive by shaking your head saying no way..... until someone gets you in there.

Added Boulevard Diner to my list when I'm in that area, I'm not a big fan of the DoubleT(s). Think the one on BelAir Rd is better than the Rte 40 one close to me haven't been in the 40 west one since the early 70's if it is still there..
Haven't been in BelLoc Diner in ages and ages, used to live in the apartments behind them in the early 70's.

I usually have a list of 5 that I go to and if one closes or messes up, then find a replacement.
Right now its
Han Sung (St.John's lane - Korean)
Antrium1844 (Taneytown, pricy but M.Gettier is the best )
Jad's
DeSantis (BelAir Rd- Perry Hall)
House Of Kabob (Persian Harford Rd, one mile inside 695 and B.Y.O.B.)

Distant List
Jalapeno's (Parole, MD)
Gabrielle's (Ijamsville)
Loonie's (BelAir)

Will also try Simon's (recommended by hsindogg) but opening at 5pm and weekend reservations puts a crimp in it.

Tried Linwood Cafe's shrimp salad, $10, good, large, but not exceptional, Firehouse is still on the try list.
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madylarian
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said by Rxdoxx:
Jad's is kinda like Sip-N-Bite (Boston & Alicanna Sts), you drive by shaking your head saying no way..... until someone gets you in there.
Ahh, the good ol' Sip-N-Puke.

We went to Jad's again last night with my dad. It was especially memorable for him because when he and my mother first moved down here from New York in 1948 they lived in the old Riverdale Apartments and he worked at Martin's. Anyway, the fried chicken was as good as it looked and the cost for three of us for drinks, soup and dinner each plus one dessert which we all shared was $45 which included tax. My dad even took home enough for another meal.

quote:

Added Boulevard Diner to my list when I'm in that area, I'm not a big fan of the DoubleT(s). Think the one on BelAir Rd is better than the Rte 40 one close to me haven't been in the 40 west one since the early 70's if it is still there..
Haven't been in BelLoc Diner in ages and ages, used to live in the apartments behind them in the early 70's.

The Bel Loc is just down the road from us so it's really convenient but now so is the DoubleT at Belair and Joppa. I will always feel some loyalty to the Bel Loc, though. It's ALWAYS been a diner, not a lets-cash-in-on-the-new-wave-of-nostalgia one like the new DoubleTs. Personally, I never cared for the ones on Route 40 east and west and I am not sure what the connection is between those old ones and new ones in Perry Hall, Dundalk and Belair. I've been to the Perry Hall and Dundalk ones and they are just ok. I much prefer the Boulevard Diner. How can you not love the Dundalk cache of the place?

quote:

Tried Linwood Cafe's shrimp salad, $10, good, large, but not exceptional, Firehouse is still on the try list.

Is that the Linwood's out towards Owings Mills? If so, I went there once. Expensive but nothing to get excited about.

Btw, the weekend before last was our anniversary and we went to the Charleston, Cindy Wolfe's restaurant downtown. I know a lot of people find it overpriced and pretentious, but I really like it. Yes, it's expensive. But I have never found it pretentious. In fact, we chatted with the people seated on both sides of us. One of them was an astronomer from Australia here to visit the Space Science Center at Hopkins. Another couple was visiting from Chicago. And our waiter was not at all stuffy.

During our meal we could see and hear fireworks over the harbor through the closed blinds and some of us mentioned how nice it would be if they opened the blinds so we could watch. Since we were seated near the open kitchen and Cindy Wolfe was working that night, she overheard us and did just that..opened the blinds.

So, any recommendations for a good Mexican restaurant?

mady, who is suffering some serious steamed crab withdrawal and will have to make a trip to Captain's Cafe very soon
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hsindogg
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Potomac, MD

said by madylarian:

So, any recommendations for a good Mexican restaurant?


Nacho Mama's!!!! Good eats, awesome portions for a great price. Canton Square.
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Rxdoxx
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Middle River, MD
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reply to madylarian

Nacho Mama's is good.

I have been to Mexico 8 times off the tourist track, so when I think of Mexican food, I don't think SW USA Tex-Mex fare. I picture Ceveche, Bistek Arrechera, Menudo.........
and was bowled over by CMHunt's recommendation of Jalapeno's in Parole. I went there hoping and expecting a cantina type of place and walked into a "fancy" Spain/Mexican dining.
Wife and I ordered a total of 8 appetizers (2 to go) and ignored the dinner menu. A seafood Ceveche served in a large Margarita glass, a fish empanata with a lining of olive tapanade.........
It is outside of Annapolis, 97 to 50, down Aris T Allen, east on Solomon's Island and turn north at the intersection before the old Hechingers. In a strip mall behind a chain steak house.
May not be what you had in mind but the scallops...the mixed mushroom/garlic sautee........I'm drooling on the keyboard just remembering
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madylarian
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Parkville, MD

I'm kind of prejudiced against all those nouveau type places in Canton. It's like those restaurants in Hampden such as Cafe Hon that cash in on looking like the REAL places that used to be there. Or the "Avenue" in White Marsh that pretends to be the kind of place that malls such as White Marsh drove out of business.

There used to be a wonderful restaurant in Hamilton. Puerto Del Sol was a Spanish/Peruvian place owned by a Peruvian. When it first opened we used to be one of the few customers there and the owner/chef would often serve us something not on the menu but that he made "just like in Peru". What he could do with fish was heaven. Anyway, sadly, that place is gone and there's a "Mexican" restaurant there now though we have not tried it yet.

I think that what we might consider "good" Mexican food, as in not the Tex-Mex kind, is not what the poor or average Mexican would eat any more than most of eat like The Prime Rib all the time. For instance, I used to work with a woman, still living at home, whose family came from Mexico. For lunch, she often brought burritos, enchiladas or tamales in some form or other. This was the ordinary food her family ate.

mady
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hsindogg
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Potomac, MD

said by madylarian:
I'm kind of prejudiced against all those nouveau type places in Canton.

I think that what we might consider "good" Mexican food, as in not the Tex-Mex kind, is not what the poor or average Mexican would eat any more than most of eat like The Prime Rib all the time. For instance, I used to work with a woman, still living at home, whose family came from Mexico. For lunch, she often brought burritos, enchiladas or tamales in some form or other. This was the ordinary food her family ate.

mady

Nacho Mama's is in no ways nouveau...c'mon, for godsakes, they serve nachos out of hubcaps!

That's what they serve, burritos, enchiladas, fajitas, fritas, etc...and large large portions of them.
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Aria73
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reply to madylarian

Can anyone recommend good sushi or Indian food in the Cockeysville/Timonium/Towson area?
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Rxdoxx
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Middle River, MD
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reply to hsindogg

Just got back from Simon's, really liked it. 2031 e. Fairmont St 21231

Got the spinach salad and smoked salmon tostada, tried 2 new beers Boddingers and Reserection.
Hsin when you go back there, ask Heather about the guy who complained that he wasn't charged for an entree.

Aria, sorry, I haven't found an Indian place that I would rave about yet. Sushi, there are a number of great ones, but I know none in your area. Han Sung on St.John's Lane and New No Da Ji on Charles and 25th but not real close to you.
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Descent
Wrap It Up
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Hoboken, NJ
reply to madylarian

anybody know some good restaurants closer to WDC, but not too far? rockville/germantown/gaithersburg area?



madylarian
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Parkville, MD
reply to hsindogg

said by hsindogg:
Nacho Mama's is in no ways nouveau...c'mon, for godsakes, they serve nachos out of hubcaps!

Hon, that is exactly what nouveau means. It doesn't mean fancy or expensive. It means oh so new and cool and kitsch.

mady
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hsindogg
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Potomac, MD

said by madylarian:
Hon, that is exactly what nouveau means. It doesn't mean fancy or expensive. It means oh so new and cool and kitsch.

mady

Well, I guess I'm new, cool, and kitsch.
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Yowzaaah
Ours Go To Eleven

join:2000-12-14
DamnFlat, OH
reply to madylarian

Holy Frijoles on 36th street in Hamden, its small and BYOB, Food is Great!

In case you're wondering, I'm a transplanted Baltimoron withering in Cleveland.
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singe606

join:2002-08-16
Westminster, MD
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said by Aria73:
Can anyone recommend good sushi or Indian food in the Cockeysville/Timonium/Towson area?

edo sushi in the padonia village shopping center is excellent. they dont have sake or japanese beer, but you can pick it up at the liquor store in the same shopping center and bring your own. try the volcano roll.

for indian, i like india palace a lot. its on the corner of york and cranbook. the food is great, and you gotta love the pink walls and sitar player (only on saturday night, i think?). this place is also BYOB.

i really recommend you try both!


Rxdoxx
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reply to madylarian

Mady, been back to Jad's yet? (I have)

Another little gem is House of Kabob
»www.houseofkabob.net/
Tonight I got the Oloveih carry out, the strangest "chicken salad" I've ever had but delicious) . Wife got the koobideh (think of very tasty meatloaf-not exactly but close).
We have been going there about 2 years.
Portions big, food tasty, and as they say in B'more prices downright reasonable.
Some things I didn't care for, not a big fan of persimmons, but the Barg Kabob (filet mignon) at $12.95 is awesome.
The tea and iced tea tasted like they use constant comet, a hint of clove, not the usual standard restaurant fare but I like it.
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madylarian
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Parkville, MD

said by Rxdoxx:
Mady, been back to Jad's yet? (I have)

Yep. We took Dad there for Father's Day. We'll definitely be back. The only drawback is that reservations are recommended.

quote:

Another little gem is House of Kabob
»www.houseofkabob.net/

Hey, you were in my neighborhood! I know the place. We drive by it quite often. I haven't been there but I have had that kind of food before and it's not a style I particularly care for. Just a matter of personal preference.

However, last week we did go to Los Amigos, 5506 Harford Road in Hamilton. It's the Mexican restaurant that's now where the Peruvian one used to be. I have a feeling it's the same people. Though the decor is nicer there are still a lot of the Peruvian decorations and a Peruvian dish or two on the menu. We liked it and will be back.

Admittedly the menu is mostly the traditional Mexican dishes that Americans expect, but there are also some not-so-traditional ones such as marinated shrimp served with rice, guacamole, salad and tortillas or a Peruvian dish of beef sauteed in olive oil, onion, tomatoes and herbs. We both got enchilada dinners, which were quite good and much better than the Chi Chi's versions.

The prices are really cheap. Most dinners run $8-$10. The portions are adequate but not huge, something I appreciate. And, while I am not much of a drinker, I do like the occasional Margarita with Mexican food. Be warned that theirs have real alcohol in them, not the flavored water and ice that too often are served as Margaritas. And the warm chips served with two dips are not loaded with salt to make you drink a lot.

mady
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Rxdoxx
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"Peruvian dish of beef sauteed in olive oil, onion, tomatoes and herbs" sounds like lomo saltado, haven't had that since I lived in DC and would go to Adams Morgan restaurants, Los Amigos here I come.........
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Ender20852

join:2003-06-20
Rockville, MD
reply to Descent

Descent,
What type of food are you looking for in the Rockville area? I live in Rockville and can give you a list of great places f I knew what your tastes are?



fatness
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Just returned from Gabriel's Inn again for my wife's birthday dinner (reviewed here by RxDoxx). Ate French style again, and finished off all 6 or 7 courses in about 2 hours. The clock outside still says the same time as in the picture, except the hour hand has slipped a tad and now rests directly on the 7. When we left one of the peacocks was out of his pen walking around squawking.

Now to digest. zzzzzz........

I want to live at Gabriels Inn.
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tr985

join:2003-06-12
USA
reply to madylarian

madylarian asked:
"So, any recommendations for a good Mexican restaurant?"

Well, there is always "Chi Chi's" Mexican restaurant,
and they serve salsa and chips while you are waiting for your meal, they ask if you want mild, medium, or hot salsa, but if you like it really hot, then ask for the "extra hot" salsa, that will really open up your sinuses !



Rxdoxx
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reply to fatness

This time you probably didn't load up on the 'Horace Douvers' appetizers and probably had some room to eat the main course but you are probably still digesting at this late time.
Did you admire the sycamore tree again?
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madylarian
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Parkville, MD
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Since we were talking about Spanish/Mexican restauarants, did anyone see the A La Carte section of today's Sun?

»www.sunspot.net/entertainment/di···alacarte

It seems there's a Hispanic restaurant in Fells Point, Latin Palace, on South Broadway.

mady
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Rxdoxx
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Tried Los Amigos. Real nice. 'Americanized' a little but far more authentic than the others I have tried.
Got the mixed ceviche and the carnitas (tasted like 'Rican Pernil )
I have heard there is a great authentic one on Eastern avenue - highlandtown- across from the Walgreens. Gotta try that, been told they have Menudo and serve the pieces of corn tortillas with salsa verde next to the eggs.

Finally got the Firehouse Shrimp salad. Smaller, cheaper than Linwoods but much better. I will try other things from there, any super suggestions?
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madylarian
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There's one that used to be the old Madrid Restaurant on Eastern Avenue. It's now called Spanish Meson. I haven't been there in ages but I remember it being good. Also on Eastern Avenue there used to be this little hole-in-the-wall place called Las Taquitos or Lost Taquitos, not sure which. It was mostly a carry-out but it had a few tables. This really was authentic Hispanic food, not the usual tacos and burritos. Even the soft drinks came, for the most part, from Mexico. I don't know if they are still there. We stopped going because it was too far away for a carryout and not much of a place to eat in. However, the food was really good and there were often lines out the door waiting for the few tables inside.

To be honest, the only things I have had at the Firehouse have been the shrimp salad (most of the time), the burgers (huge and good), and the hot turkey sandwich (real mashed potatoes, not instant, the last time, though I have gotten instant in the past). At least their turkey gravy is not overloaded with cornstarch.

Also, if you are so inclined, the chicken noodle soup with matzoh balls at the Suburban House in Pikesville is the best I have ever had. Better than my grandmother used to make. That and a salad is a meal.

Edit: I just spoke to my husband who says that the Las Taquitos place is gone but there is another Mexican restaurant in it's place. However, it is NOT the same as Spanish Meson. Spanish Meson is a much larger and more upscale restaurant.

mady, oy, who's schvitzing!

[text was edited by author 2003-06-26 18:48:00]



madylarian
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reply to Rxdoxx

said by Rxdoxx:
I have heard there is a great authentic one on Eastern avenue - highlandtown- across from the Walgreens. Gotta try that, been told they have Menudo and serve the pieces of corn tortillas with salsa verde next to the eggs.
I just found out that this place is at the corner of Eastern and Haven, just west of the railroad bridge.

mady
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tr985

join:2003-06-12
USA

Maybe that one on Eastern Ave is still too new to have been added to this list of mexican restaurants in Baltimore I found doing a search on the web, I found a link to a page that lists restaurants -

»www.thecityofbaltimore.org/resta···#mexican