114 N Tollgate Rd
Bel Air, MD 21014
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Fiesta Grill

Cuisine: South American, Lunch, Breakfast

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Overall
91%
Food
80%
Service
88%
Ambiance
88%
Pros
"Foods great, rest is lacking. .."
  • 3/25/2016

    A South American food lover from Glen Burnie, MD tried it.

  • 11/07/2015

    A diner from Dyer, IN tried it.

  • 7/22/2015

    A dining patron from Minneapolis, MN tried it.

  • 5/08/2015

    A diner from Newark, NJ tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, didn't like the service, and didn't like the ambiance.

    Pros
    Foods great, rest is lacking. ..
  • 5/06/2015

    A South American food lover from Dallas, TX tried it and didn't like it. They didn't like the food.

  • 1/19/2015

    A diner from Ashburn, VA tried it.

  • 4/01/2015

    A diner from Dallas, TX tried it and liked it. They liked the food.

  • 2/25/2015

    A dining patron from Ashburn, VA tried it.

  • 2/12/2015

    A dining patron from Ashburn, VA tried it.

  • 1/15/2015

    A South American chowhound from Ashburn, VA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

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rdepontb

 Bel Air, MD
 

Central America Cuisine just north of Baltimore!

The Fiesta Grill, across the street from the Bel Air Mall (Bel Air is some 20 mi north of Baltimore off of I-95), is a surprise watiing for anyone who enjoys finding hidden-away fine dining. The menu is Central American, the cook staff El Salvadoran, the owner/chef an American who spent some ten years cooking and collecting recipes and learning throughout the Central Americas.

The location is a non-descript strip shopping center; next door is a Mexican and Central American Spanish foods store; on the other side a wireless phone store, next door to that a too-fancy ($$) deli.

Fiesta’s prices are very in keeping with the sparse decor; nothing much runs over $11-$12, most dishes averaging $7-$9. All dishes are prepared fresh; even the tortilla chips are fried up just for your order; the salsa, mild or quite hot, has been pre-made and building flavor—-I’d recommend mixing half and half, or ask for a bit of each.

Favorite dish: Crab quesadilla. Two flat, fresh flour tortillas, about 10-in across, sandwiching asiago cheese, strips of marinated onion and poblano chiles, and your chosen level of spiciness. Crab is the Maryland signature dish, and this has to be a dish tailored to this area. Outstanding, you’ll wonder why you always get crabs steamed with Old Bay only. There is enough to share or bring home, as my son did to introduce me to this place.

Others: Any of the flautas; the “drowned” burritos (chicken, beef, or pork; in cheesy sauce; rice, beans)

There are few decorations as of yet, simple chairs and tables, two televisions (one with American fare, other usually playing some soccer game), and steady clientele and very friendly service. Those flavors and prices are, truly, a wonderful find.

Get there now (March 2009) before everyone finds and and they’re forced to add upscale decor, englarge, and…who knows what. The other “southern” restaurant of note in the area is the family friendly La Tolteca; Fiesta Grill’s food is two notches better.

everything we've tried

Everything prepared fresh, so give dishes an extra 8-10 minutes while you watch the cookstaff in the open kitchen. Have a cerveza, some chips and salsa, an appetizer. Quessadillas, burritos, tacos suiza (with Swiss vs asiago cheese for a smoother, easier counterpoint to some of the sharp meat spices). Specials every single day, lunch and dinner, give them a fling!

The owner has menudo on the menu by request, and it’s only available every few weeks, but he strongly advises againtt it (tripe, spices, diced carrot/potato/onion type of vegs, extremely spicy juicy sauce—-not for the uninitiated, and the hottest I’ve ever had, gasoline level)

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Fiesta Grill is located near the cities of Bel Air South, Benson, Bel Air North, and Emmorton.
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