El Mariachi
A homey Latin American dining room hidden in a shopping plaza.
Reviewed By Ann Limpert, Cindy Rich, Jeremy Stahl
Comments () | Published October 11, 2006
El Mariachi
Address: 765-C Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: 301-738-7177
Neighborhood: Rockville
Cuisines: Tex-Mex, Vegetarian/Vegan, South American
Opening Hours: Sunday through Thursday 11:30 to 10, Friday and Saturday 11:30 to 11.
Nearby Metro Stops: Rockville
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Guacamole; chiles rellenos; charbroiled pork with a Mayan spice rub; pork with seville oranges and criolla sauce; red and green chili enchiladas; Plato Norteno; margaritas.
Price Details: Lunch appetizers, $3.50 to $8.95; entrees, $6.95 to $13.95. Dinner appetizers, $2.95 to $8.95; entrees, $10.95 to $15.95.

From February 2005 Dirt Cheap Eats

Don't expect to start off the night at the bar--there isn't one. Diners crowd the doorway waiting for a table on weekends, but nobody seems to mind. Sombreros and Latin American art add life to an otherwise plain dining room.

Try not to fill up on chips and salsa--combo platters are huge. We like the Plato Norteno ($8.95), which includes a chicken burrito, cheese enchilada, guacamole, rice, and beans, and the sizzling chicken fajitas ($12.95). Dishes you won't find at most Tex-Mex spots: mussels in sherry wine with ginger and garlic ($5.95), and broiled trout with Acapulco sauce ($12.95), a mixture of shrimp, white wine, lobster, cream, scallions, and Monterey Jack cheese.

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