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“Great Hidden Gem in Frederick” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Bueno

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Cafe Bueno
503 North East Street, Frederick, MD
+1 301-620-8858
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Ranked #11 of 319 restaurants in Frederick
Price range: $8 - $15
Cuisines: American, Mexican
Description: Cafe Bueno is located at the intersection of East and 5th Streets. We are located in the same center as 7-11, about 3 blocks north of Shab Row. There is plenty of free parking in our large front lot.Cafe Bueno serves authentic Mexican food, and yes, we are the real deal! We have ten different kinds of tacos! A few highlights are our hand-breaded fish tacos, topped with radishes, cabbage, and served with cilantro salsa on the side, or tacos al pastor, which is a combination of spicy marinated pork and pineapple, served on a soft corn tortilla and topped with onions, cilantro, and fresh lime. Our salsa verde and salsa roja hot sauces are freshly made in-house of genuine Mexican ingredients, including tomatillos, jalapenos, guajillo chiles and chile de arbol. Our meats are all hand-cut, marinaded to perfection, and served on tacos or on a massive torta sandwich. The infamous torta cubana is not to be missed - a combination of steak, spicy pork, ham, hot dog, egg, lettuce, tomato, mayo, onion, jalapeno, and avocado. We serve Mexican breakfasts all day, including huevos rancheros, huevos con chorizo (our chorizo is made fresh in-house, of course!) And we serve all the American classics, like eggs, homefries, pancakes, and french toast, until 11am. We also have daily specials showcasing other authentic Mexican dishes, such as sopes, huaraches, carne asada, chile rellenos, mole enchiladas, carnitas, and much more!
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Description: Cafe Bueno is located at the intersection of East and 5th Streets. We are located in the same center as 7-11, about 3 blocks north of Shab Row. There is plenty of free parking in our large front lot.Cafe Bueno serves authentic Mexican food, and yes, we are the real deal! We have ten different kinds of tacos! A few highlights are our hand-breaded fish tacos, topped with radishes, cabbage, and served with cilantro salsa on the side, or tacos al pastor, which is a combination of spicy marinated pork and pineapple, served on a soft corn tortilla and topped with onions, cilantro, and fresh lime. Our salsa verde and salsa roja hot sauces are freshly made in-house of genuine Mexican ingredients, including tomatillos, jalapenos, guajillo chiles and chile de arbol. Our meats are all hand-cut, marinaded to perfection, and served on tacos or on a massive torta sandwich. The infamous torta cubana is not to be missed - a combination of steak, spicy pork, ham, hot dog, egg, lettuce, tomato, mayo, onion, jalapeno, and avocado. We serve Mexican breakfasts all day, including huevos rancheros, huevos con chorizo (our chorizo is made fresh in-house, of course!) And we serve all the American classics, like eggs, homefries, pancakes, and french toast, until 11am. We also have daily specials showcasing other authentic Mexican dishes, such as sopes, huaraches, carne asada, chile rellenos, mole enchiladas, carnitas, and much more!
Baltimore, Maryland
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12 restaurant reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Great Hidden Gem in Frederick”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013 via mobile

This is a tiny little Mexican restaurant in a small strip mall that many Frederick residents don't even know exists. It's in a weird part of town that people probably don't drive by much (East Street & 5th St. near 7-11) It's a very clean, very small, very good restaurant with very friendly service. I had the chicken & chorizo burrito. My burrito was excellent as well as the salsa verde on top. It was a little expensive for lunch $9 (no separate lunch menu). Beans were great rice was good. Could have used a little more shredded lettuce and pico but they brought more when I asked. Service was great and very friendly. I only found out about their existence because I was looking for another restaurant online. GREAT FIND!!! I think their only issue is they're in a decent lunch spot but they cost as much or more than some "fancier" (not better!) Mexican restaurants that offer a better value for lunch. So, great food, weird location, good dinner prices, a little pricy for lunch, excellent service, very clean restaurant.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Frederick, MD
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Authentic Mexican food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

This is real Mexican food, not the over cheesy, over sauced bland American interpretation of Mexican food. I frequently get the chicken and chorizo burrito. This is an over stufed burrito with salsa verde and it is fantastic! The chorizo is homemade and perfect. I'm not a huge fan of the sides of rice and beans. The beans are too watery and bland. The rice is cooked right, but has an odd flavor. This may be a small place, but it has a big heart and big flavors. i will keep going back and I recommend you check it out.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Hamilton, Virginia
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“Quick and tasty Mexican Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

I've been coming to Cafe Bueno regularly since it opened a few months ago and I have always been pleased with both the food and the service. The new owner has substantially renovated the space and everything is now much cleaner and brighter than before. They offer a number of great Mexican specialties, including tortas, tacos, and fajitas. They also offer a few American style sandwiches as well. The ingredients always taste fresh and the sauces are fantastic. It's a good location to drop in for a quick lunch or a takeout order. The owner and staff are all very friendly and helpful.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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