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Cactus Cantina

It was about a month ago that I received a call from a friend of mine who was down in Glover Park completing a photo shoot and wanted to meet up for lunch (along with the subject of her photo shoot). The weather was warm outside so I recommended Cactus Cantina thinking it would be […]

Lauriol Plaza

Lauriol Plaza is one of those few places that has a very broad appeal and can be many things to many people. For example, it’s both neighborhoody as well as a destination for visitors and it can be very casual dining or a little more on the sophisticated side. I somewhat agree with most that […]

Rosa Mexicano

Rosa Mexicano is one of two Penn Quarter establishments (Oyamel being the other) serving up modern and upscale versions of authentic Mexican cuisine. As I have referenced in some of my other reviews, having grown up in Southern California I thought “upscale” Mexican food was an oxymoron. I mean, why pay the high prices for […]

Uncle Julio’s Rio Grande Cafe

Growing up in Bethesda during the late 80s to early 90s, I’ve had the pleasure of watching a small town, grow into a bustling mid-sized city. Throughout Bethesda’s growth, several landmarks have thrived including Rio Grande. Rio Grande was one of the first family-style restaurants to draw a consistently large client base and continues to […]


The chain of Alero Tex-Mex restaurants gets comments from diners that all over the map. On one hand, the food is terrible and on the other, it’s the best Mexican food in DC. I have eaten at all three locations and will get into my opinion on the food below, but the one I will […]