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“REAL Spanish/Mexican Fare”
Review of Jalapeno's

Jalapeno's
Ranked #3 of 369 Restaurants in Annapolis
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed June 1, 2014

This is our GO/TO restaurant for the kind of food you just cannot prepare at home. Jalapeños has a wide variety of tapas (beef, chicken, chorizo, and some of the best fish tacos, lightly battered quick fried green beens with honey mustard chile sauce, and pequillo peppers), served daily from 4-7 pm (4-6 on Saturdays) and great margaritas and a really nice choice of Spanish wines. Fridays and Saturdays, there are specials that truly are special - never on the regular menu and generally unlike any of the "standards." Fish, in season, are usually a great option. The mussels steamed in garlic wine are a treat (ask for bread to sop up the liquid. They'll know what you mean!) The guacamole is prepared fresh and they offer a half portion for a party of two.
The wine list is broad but not overly extensive, and reasonably priced: delicious albariños with the milder fish dishes, light grenaches with chicken or salmon, and the richer riojas for complexity and to balance the bolder dishes.
The staff are generally long-term employees who start with little English and work experience, and learn both good English and excellent service technique as they gain experience. Some of our favorite staff started at bussing and setting tables and keeping water glasses filled, and are now greeting and seating their long-time customers.
During the winter, on Thursday evenings starting at 8:30, there's late night tapas with live entertainment - usually a jazz trio or a guitarist/singer, and several times a year, flamenco dancers!

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Thank Jake48
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

You can Not go wrong here! The tapas are the best, and we never tire of them. The owner is very attentive, as are the staff. Though it's in a strip mall next to a Home Depot, do not be fooled by the outside. Inside you are transported to the Mediterranean. Wine list is great, and treat yourself to a Don Julio 1942 tequila as an after-dinner drink...better than brandy. (It is not on the menu, you have to ask for it.) for dessert, try the bombe tropical...yum!

Thank sailor333
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

Since we live near Annapolis we dine at Jalapeno's regularly and it is our most frequented restaurant. We have enjoyed both the tapas and the regular menu, but our favorite dish is the Pescado Indio, usually fresh Mahi Mahi, plantain-crusted and served over a bed of rice and black beans (although I ask for a substitute for the rice and usually am served perfectly sauteed spinach with garlic). The atmosphere is festive with diners enjoying themselves and their food. The owners and staff are friendly and service-oriented. We do prefer sitting at a table along the wall since there can be staff or customer traffic through the center tables.

Jalapeno's is our fave!

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Thank Darlene E
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

You will find Jalapenos in a quiet strip center.
The food is excellent.
The Menu has something for everyone.
Over the years we have had many a great meal .
The Seafood and Other Meat entrees are vey varied and Delicious.

" Go hungry and leave very Satisfied"

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Thank Gebhardt9160
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

We love this place. They only seat 22 for happy hour so unless you are there at 4 or 6, it can be hard to get a seat. The shopping center it is in doesn't look that great but inside the restaurant is nice. The tapas menu is long and most are pretty good. I highly recommend the red sangria. It's the best in town.

If you are interested, here is my list of favorite happy hours. http://smarttraveller2.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-three-best-happy-hours-in-annapolis.html

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