Sunday, August 19, 2007

Arcos


Arcos
129 S. Broadway
Upper Fells Point, Baltimore
410-522-4777
Mexican
www.restaurantearcos.com
Cost: $$
Reservations: Not Needed
Date of meal: Saturday, August 18, 2007 (5pm)
National Price-Quality Frontier: Inside It
Baltimore Price-Quality Frontier: Extends It


Arcos has an amazing back patio. If the weather is nice, this is a real draw. In general, the decor is both pleasing and authentic. You feel like you are in Mexico. While we arrived early, there were very few people there even when we left. It is hard to imagine that getting a table would be a problem.

Alcoholic beverages were good and reasonably priced. I had the house margarita ($5), with Mexican beers (Sol and Bohemia, not just Corona) for $3.75. They have more expensive tequilas with more expensive margaritas to match, but I didn't try these.

Chips were the yummy high-fat ones and salsa was good.

The menu is divided into appetizers, lighter fare, and entrees. We ordered two items from the lighter fare despite being quite hungry. This proved to be plenty. The "Tacos al Pastor" ($9.xx, only available Friday and Saturday nights!) were the real standout. These are small soft tortillas served with barbecued pork, onions, guacamole, etc. The pork had a great tangy flavor to it, and the tacos were served with an outstanding cilantro sauce. We also ordered the tamales (also about $9), which were good but not as exciting. Entrees were in the $13-$17 range, though again we didn't order any. For dessert, we split the fried ice cream which was pretty good but not amazing. This put us quickly into a food coma.

I would highly recommend this place. It would be a great place for a date, or a group of friends. The reasonable prices and nice atmosphere are a great combination.

5 comments:

Fairfax said...

Not really Butcher's Hill... more like Upper Fells Point. Pretty big difference if you know them both.

Marginal Foodie said...

Thanks. Now changed. This being a city of neighborhoods and all, I should take this sort of thing more seriously. I doubt there is another city where these demarcations were so hard or so important.

Spergler said...

My roommate and I went to Arcos last night. Both of us are vegetarians, which is somewhat difficult in Baltimore. I had enchiladas, and he had chiles rellenos. Both were very good (and, as usual, somewhat less expensive than the meat-based entrees).

Anonymous said...

spergler, i hope you didn't eat the beans that accompanied your enchiladas. i hadn't been to arcos since it first opened and the menu was limited, written in spanish, with hardly any vegetarian options. i recently revisited their website and upon discovering a new vegetarian section, i decided to give it another try.

unfortunately, the veg. cheese enchiladas, with choices of vegetables, guacamole, or mushrooms, were very disappointing. they contained only teeny bits of cheese and though the guac. and mushrooms were tasty, i didn't expect a corn tortilla wrapped around guacamole. how is that an enchilada? the vegetable one was by far the worst, with green giant-like diced carrots and peas. why oh why can't i find good vegetarian mex / texmex in this city?!

Anonymous said...

Have you tried them again recently?

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