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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2012
Down at Power Plant Live, Mex is now the old man on the block. The block has changed. While the opening of new establishments like Tatu, Joe Squared, Leinenkugel's Beer Garden and Kettle Hill have raised the wattage on the Power Plant scene, Mex, to its credit, has decided that it wants a share of the limelight. To that end, the restaurant is introducing a new menu, which should be fully up and running by the end of September. Some of the new menu items are being introduced at Mex's lunch service.
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By Kit Waskom Pollard, For The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2012
Tacos make great bar food. And Banditos makes great tacos. The Tex-Mex-themed bar and eatery, which opened in July in the Federal Hill space that formerly housed Taco Spot, gets a lot of things right — not just the tacos. With an extensive drinks menu, a short list of simple but appealing food, and chipper service, Banditos is a welcome addition to the busy, bar-friendly neighborhood. The team behind Banditos includes Andrew Dunlap and Sean White, former owners of The Reserve and the disappointingly short-lived 1542 Gastropub.
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By SLOANE BROWN | March 22, 2006
Yeehaw - a new chuck wagon is about to mosey into town. Its name is Mex. It will be the newest resident of Baltimore's Power Plant Live, taking the space where Lucille's used to be. The Cordish Co., Power Plant Live's developer, has partnered with longtime Baltimore restaurant manager Walt Ramick on the place. That should be your first hint that Mex is hoping to offer more than just your standard Mexican-restaurant atmosphere. Think "hip rustic." Or, as Cordish Co. vice president Reed Cordish describes it, "an extremely well-done, finished, rustic feel."
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2012
Down at Power Plant Live, Mex is now the old man on the block. The block has changed. While the opening of new establishments like Tatu, Joe Squared, Leinenkugel's Beer Garden and Kettle Hill have raised the wattage on the Power Plant scene, Mex, to its credit, has decided that it wants a share of the limelight. To that end, the restaurant is introducing a new menu, which should be fully up and running by the end of September. Some of the new menu items are being introduced at Mex's lunch service.
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By SAM SESSA | June 28, 2007
La Boom had a long fuse. The Wednesday night deck dance party at Mex in Power Plant Live took awhile to get rolling. But by 11:30 p.m., the place was packed with partyers. We went the Wednesday before last, which was actually the last La Boom. Mex's managers had a dispute with the promoters and decided to change the name of the event but keep the same DJs, said Elby Bonnet, Mex's server manager. When we arrived about 9:45 p.m., there weren't many people inside or out, and we thought it was a dud. So we sat inside for a minute and planned our next move.
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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,Sun Restaurant Critic | April 7, 1995
Cactus Rose GrillWhere: Eden and Fleet streetsHours: Open 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Tuesdays to Thursdays; 11:30 a.m.-midnight Fridays, 3 p.m.-midnight Saturdays, 3 p.m.-11:30 p.m. SundaysCredit cards accepted: Major credit cardsFeatures: Southwestern fareCall: (410) 563-7220Prices: Appetizers, $4.95-$7.95; entrees, $5.95-$14.95** 1/2 You have to admit that the Cactus Rose Grill is an improvement over the old Bohager's, if only because the new dining area adds warmth and life to what was once a wastepaper management firm.
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By ROGER SIMON | May 16, 1994
I am standing on the Boulevard St. Germain in Paris explaining to this Frenchman why "Indiana Tex-Mex" is a stupid name for a restaurant.Tex-Mex food is the latest rage in Paris. They hate Disneyland, but they like fajitas. Go figure.The French are still having difficulty with the nuances, however, which is why on the Boulevard St. Germain there is a restaurant called "Indiana Tex-Mex."I am trying to explain the silliness of this to a Frenchman by using one of those handy phrase books that travelers are advised to carry.
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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC | March 22, 1998
If you had to pick a healthful cuisine, I'm not sure Tex-Mex would come to mind first. Short on fresh vegetables and long on fried chips, ground beef, sour cream, cheese and other fatty calories, it also doesn't have much of a gourmet reputation. So you have to give the owners of Puffins credit for breaking new ground when they recently opened Sin Carne, a "meatless Mexican cantina," next door to their natural-foods restaurant.One thing I've always liked about Puffins is that no one involved is a fanatic.
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By Allison Klein and Allison Klein,SUN STAFF | March 23, 2001
McALLEN, Texas - At the Texas-Mexico border, where American and Mexican cultures have grown so close that there's no particular difference between the two, a common dialect has spawned that's neither standard Spanish nor standard English. It's called Tex-Mex - a scramble of Spanish, English and Spanglish slang. It's spoken everywhere, from bars to boardrooms to the evening TV news. "Camioneta," or truck, becomes "troca." "Cuidado" - that is, "watch out" - becomes "watchale." You need to know a smattering of both English and Spanish to understand the phrase, "Watchale, here comes la troca," which is standard Tex-Mex.
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By SAM SESSA | July 20, 2006
Mex Power Plant Live's newest addition has more of a bar/hangout than a sit-down restaurant atmosphere. Whether you're at the outside or inside bar, standing at one of the tiny round tables or sitting in one of the V-shaped booths, Mex can be a lot of fun all around. Where --26 Market Place in Power Plant Live Call --410-528-0128 Web site --mexbaltimore.com Notable --Mex has no cover charge, though after 10 p.m. it's 21 and older. Happy hour is 4 p.m.-9 p.m. every day and features two-for-one margaritas, sangrias and Dos Equis and Heineken drafts.
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March 7, 2012
N ot so long ago, Italian, Chinese and Greek food were considered delicacies. Now they're take-out (and even chain restaurant) fodder, and Baltimore's international dining offerings have expanded to every continent, save Antarctica. (Perhaps that's coming soon.) Still, it's easy to stick with the standards instead of being adventurous and sampling cuisine from other corners of the world. So, we've picked five restaurants that not only make food from less-familiar parts, but also do it really well.
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By Jennifer K. Dansicker | October 3, 2011
Chef Neel Kamal is a well-known artisan in the kitchens of some well-known Harford County restaurants and has recently opened Elrodeo Mexican Bar & Grill, the first Harford County establishment committed to serving only the finest Mexican food prepared in a traditional southwestern style. For over 15 years, Kamal has been tempting the taste buds of many residents and hopes this new style of cuisine will inspire them to new heights.   “Harford County has been very generous to me since I arrived in the United States in 2004,” Chef Neel Kamal says.
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By Rob Kasper, The Baltimore Sun | October 27, 2010
Meeting and eating a new food can be exciting. The other night at El Hidalgo , a Tex-Mex restaurant in an Elkridge shopping center, I was introduced to tlacoyos. They were Mexican corn cakes ($7) shaped like torpedoes, stuffed with chicken and topped with pico de gallo, lettuce, cheese and a tomatillo-serrano sauce. The two were served piping hot, right off the griddle. Although they were listed on the menu as an appetizer, they were big enough to be an entree. I loved their look and appreciated their corn flavor.
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By ELIZABETH LARGE | July 29, 2009
When I did a Top 10 list of Mexican restaurants a while back, I promised to make up a list of Tex-Mex at a later date. Last week I finally got around to it, even though I knew the list would create an uproar. My biggest problem was that it was hard to come up with 10 good, bad or indifferent. I didn't want to include chains. My one regret is that I didn't include Taco Fiesta in Harbor East, which several readers recommended when they saw my list. 1 Austin Grill in Canton. An area chain that features 15 homemade salsas and sauces and mesquite-grilled fish.
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By SAM SESSA | June 28, 2007
La Boom had a long fuse. The Wednesday night deck dance party at Mex in Power Plant Live took awhile to get rolling. But by 11:30 p.m., the place was packed with partyers. We went the Wednesday before last, which was actually the last La Boom. Mex's managers had a dispute with the promoters and decided to change the name of the event but keep the same DJs, said Elby Bonnet, Mex's server manager. When we arrived about 9:45 p.m., there weren't many people inside or out, and we thought it was a dud. So we sat inside for a minute and planned our next move.
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By Elizabeth Large | December 2, 1994
Saguaro's, a new Southwestern grill, will open soon at 2 W. Pennsylvania Ave. in Towson -- perhaps late this month. The American Cafe didn't make it there, but Saguaro's could do very well because Tex-Mex is so hot (no pun intended). According to David Bromley, one of the owners, the 220-seat restaurant will be more than just Tex-Mex. Besides barbecued ribs and fajitas, look for "off-the-wall items like Southwestern sushi rolls" and cuisine from Santa Monica to New Orleans.* More hot stuff: Fiesta's Southwestern Grill and Cantina will be opening in mid-January.
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By ELIZABETH LARGE and ELIZABETH LARGE,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC | May 28, 2006
Some places do exactly what they set out to do, and for that you have to give them credit. Others even do a bit more than you expect, which is the case of Power Plant Live's newest bar, Mex. Notice I said bar, not restaurant. Anyone going there who expects a full-fledged Mexican restaurant will be disappointed. I decided to review Mex anyway, because Power Plant Live is such a high profile part of the downtown scene, but I didn't expect any more than the "chow" that its Web site, mexbaltimore.
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By Karen Nitkin and Karen Nitkin,special to the sun | February 1, 2007
At La Tijuana Cantina, a Tex-Mex restaurant in Mount Vernon, our enchiladas, chalupas and fajitas arrived on pretty brick-red ceramic plates, accompanied by a warning. Those little green peppers resting so attractively next to the cilantro sprig and slice of lime are just there for decoration, our waitress said. Eat them at your own risk. Poor:]
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By SLOANE BROWN | September 27, 2006
The owners of the popular York Road eatery Cafe Zen are bringing what they hope will quickly become another favorite hangout to the neighborhood. They plan to open Zen West this week in the space that used to be Gator's. Restaurant consultant Spike Owen says he was brought in by the brother-and-sister team of Po and Jo Chang to help create their spin on the roadside diners they grew up with in Texas. Owen says he and the Changs have spent the past year gutting the place and giving it a whole new look.
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