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October 29, 2007

Fiesta Mexicana



I notice that there's quite a feisty discussion of Fiesta Mexicana (8304 Philadelphia Road in Rosedale) going on at the board. Faithful Reader Renee e-mailed me about this place a couple of weeks ago, and I asked her to send me a photo, which she kindly did yesterday morning after another visit where the owner made her and her husband cactus salad (not on the menu).

Here's what she had to say: ...


(Photo courtesy of Renee Shuman-Powell)

We live in Upper Fells Point a place with many Hispanic restaurants but we can't stop going to a place out in Rosedale. It's called Fiesta Mexicana and is run by a husband and wife from Mexico. It is the best and freshest Mexican food we can find. It's at 8304 Philadelphia rd in a very unassuming two store strip. They are open mon-sat 11-8 and only take cash. I implore you to try and make it out there.


Posted by Elizabeth Large at 7:41 AM | | Comments (15)


I like to try authentic Mexican restaurants but I never know where to go. We usually default to El Salto at the Ritchie Highway location. I'll give this one a try the next time we're in Rosedale.

Please give us a report.

Does anyone know if this spot has the hard-to-find mild white cheese dip? El Salto is the only one we've found in the area so far.

El Salto is horrible. How anyone can eat there more than once (willingly) I can't imagine. A good friend has dragged us there 2-3 times and I just don't see it. El Travador on Broadway in Fells Point is the place to go. Authentic, FLAVORFUL food and great margaritas to boot!

I'm found of mild white cheese dip, and I haven't found a place in Baltimore that quite does it right. That said, the queso at Arcos (intersection of Broadway and Pratt in Upper Fells) is phenominal. Also, the patio there should make anyone's list of "best outdoor dining" locations -- though I guess outdoor dining is probably winding down for the year.

Renee neglected to mention that Fiesta Mexicana is not a typical Mexican restaurant. It offers what they call 'Mexico City street food.' Last weekend we ate very well for under $20 for the two of us. Good stuff.

It was a very delightful experience going to Fiesta Mexicana, in Rosedale. I loved "pambazos". Eating here is like being in the heart of Mexico City.

just an update on the information provided here: they are now open on sundays from 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm and take credit cards as well.

i'd like to suggest the fiesta nachos topped with tinga de pollo and frijoles as a starter if you're in a group. oh, MAN. amazing.

Do I detect a shill?

I thought so too, but I give nat this: he provided some useful information and didn't just fawn.

I don't think nat is necessarily a shill, but I wouldn't be surprised if he or she had a relationship to the owners. I mean, this isn't boilerplate PR jargon, at least.

I do want to try this place, but there isn't a bus out that way, and the last time I took my moped out that was was...just a tad scary.

I think there is a bus (#35?) that goes up Philadelphia Road, maybe its one of those weekday only routes?

I know the MTA changed a lot of routes a year or so ago so that may have changed.

Finally made it here last night... wow, so fresh, so delicious. The owner was very nice and engaging as well.

BTW, they do accept credit cards and its BYOB.

No shill here...just a loyal customer. My husband and I stumbled across Fiesta one day and we are so glad we did. The food here is so fresh and the green salsa is simply THE best I've ever had. And do yourself a favor and try the queso fundido with homemade chorizo! No watery dip here. The owners are great friendly. Guy Fieri needs to do a show here.

I keep forgetting about this place until it pops up on the blog. I've got to try it soon.


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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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