Olé! A QuickTrip To The Mexican Café

| September 5, 2011 | 2 Comments

For the past 17 years, one could drive down Forest Drive and see the little Tijuana building that held the favorite dive for many locals — the Mexican Café. Many a gathering happened both indoors and out and then a major pharmacy bought out the land and forced the little eatery to relocate.

After much planning, Mexican Café finally opened its new doors on Cinco de Mayo of this year at the former Northwood’s location on Melvin Avenue in West Annapolis. Many will remember Northwood’s as an upscale dining experience with a quiet romantic atmosphere. After 23 years and a major decline in sales, Chef and Owner Russell Brown closed its doors.

While I was out running errands the other day, I called my mom to see if she wanted to meet up for lunch. She and Dad were already at the Mexican Café and so I raced over there to join them. When I first entered the building, a moldy odor overwhelmed me. Thankfully as I ascended the stairs, the aroma of good eats took over. Talking with my mom and dad, they too remember Northwood’s always smelling funny. Maybe they should get that checked out.

I found my parents outside where the patio is surrounded by 6 foot fencing to block the noisy street. Since my parents were already finished eating, I ordered from the “a la carte” menu a shredded chicken taco and a shredded beef taco. The tacos arrived quickly, but I was not asked if I needed salsa, guacamole or sour cream. The tacos were perfect sans toppings. The chicken was flavorful, reminding me of your basic “taco seasoning packet” ingredients, including some cumin and chili powder. The shredded beef was decadent. The flavor reminded me of grandma’s pot roast and was cooked to a tender, juicy perfection. Again, no need for the extra toppings, but I like spice, so I added some green hot sauce that was on the table.

As far as the service… well, let’s just say our server was pleasant but absent. He obviously didn’t want to be there.

I hope the Mexican Café takes advantage of their clean slate and does a bit more work to make the place smell and look nicer. Unless I eat outside, I’m not sure that I will go back.

Have you been to the new Mexican Café? What did you think?

Keeping my eye on food–

Kim B

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I am a wife and mother to two little girls. We all love to eat. My awesome family will be helping me, keep my eye on Annapolis and its great eats.