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“Pleasantly surprised to find great Mexican in the mid-Atlantic!”
Review of Jalapeno's

Jalapeno's
Ranked #11 of 357 Restaurants in Annapolis
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed August 3, 2013

I am a native Southern Californian---grew up on good Mexican food. Where I'm from in San Diego, bad Mexican restaurants just don't stay in business. At the local park, the Mexican ladies used to sell handmade tortillas as a snack. We're the home of El Indio and of Roberto's drive-thrus. In addition, I've spent a lot of time in Mexico, traveled in Latin America, and lived in Spain for a while. The point being, I do know what authentic Mexican food should be. And, I've lived in the Washington DC area for 17 years, constantly lamenting the dearth of really good Mexican food.

Things to really like about this place: Homemade mole sauce. Sangria that is real sangria, not too sweet. An amazing menu with plenty of the things we gringos have come to expect (like burritos) but then a whole lot of other interesting stuff. Black beans instead of refried. A nice selection of other Latin American plates too instead of just Mexican. If your idea of Mexican food is Chevy's, stay home because you're not going to like Jalapeno's, But if like me you've been searching relentlessly hopeing to find just sorta decent Mexican food in the DC area, then this GREAT place is going to be a welcome surprise!

And, the decor is LOVELY. Don't let the strip mall locale fool you. When you walk inside the very plain front door, you are going to be amazed by the beauty inside. It's a cute, romantic little restaurant that serves terrific food at decent prices.

How decent? Well, we were there today for lunch: for two fantastic meals, a beer and a sangria, the price was $36. We thought for sure they left something off the bill, it was so inexpensive.

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Jalapeno's is one of our favorite restaurants in Annapolis. Although it is technically on the outskirts of Annapolis (in Parole) and is in a strip mall setting, one step inside and you feel like you are dining in Spain where you will be greeted by either Don Gonzalo (the founder and owner) or Alberto. Both are friendly and gracious hosts. Then you will be seated in a warm and comfortable surrounding with a very accommodating wait staff, many of whom have worked their way up from busing tables at the establishment. We like to start off with the delightful red or white sangria, followed by any of their wonderful appetizers or tapas selections. I am very fond of the fish dishes, especially the piscado veracruz. We think the prices for what you get (outstanding dishes, very professional wait staff and a warm atmosphere) are very reasonable and a much better value than most Annapolis restaurants. We love this place.

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Reviewed July 17, 2013 via mobile

We really wanted to love this place after all the rave reviews but we honestly can't say anything is spectacular about this place. The prices are outrageous for the type of food you receive. You can get the same food at a mom and pops Mexican restaurant for half the price. The service was extremely slow and we seriously only saw our waitress for our order and check. We had to rely on other service staff to refill our water. I know this is a little more "upscale" than the typical Mexican restaurant but at least serve one complimentary chips and salsa upon request.

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Reviewed July 16, 2013

Very nice inside...strip mall location very misleading. I ordered a couple of different tapas (Empanadas De Picadillo & a soft pork taco) and while the flavor was good, the empanadas were very greasy and cold in the middle. If I were going to be in the area a little longer, I would probably try them again. Perhaps they were having an "off night."

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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Do not be put off by the fact this excellent restaurant is in a shopping mall. The first hint that this is not the typical mall restaurant is the owner greeting you at the door - and then coming by during the meal to ensure that you are satisfied! We first started going to Jalapenos 6 or 7 years ago and as we walked in the door, felt we had been transported out of the country by the warm Iberian decor. Back then they offered primarily full meals and we used to love the various fish dishes, especially the one paired with black beans. After their expansion several years ago, they began to offer Tapas and now have an extemnsive Tapas menu. Our favorite now is to go and order two Tapas and wine for a glorious light repast. Try the scollops over spinach and the artichoke hearts for a nice blending of flavors.

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Thank VetteGuyDC
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