Fiesta Bar & Grill Restaurant Review

March 4, 2014

006So as not to play favorites during Restaurant Week in Calvert, I chose another restaurant and this time it was in Prince Frederick. It advertises fine Latin American cuisine as opposed to a Mexican restaurant. So as I like Mexican Food and wasn’t sure what the difference was, I was going to find out. Fiesta Bar & Grill was located in a strip shopping center near several other restaurants. It offered lots of parking and easy access to the main road.

Upon entering the establishment at lunchtime, I noticed the décor was very pleasant and the restaurant was very clean, even the shining floors. From the vestibule, you could see the tables and booths with a bar at the very back of the room. Waiting for the others to arrive, the waiter asked if I would like to sit and I told him that I was expecting several more to join me. He sat me at a table for five and asked if he could bring me a beverage. Coming back with my beverage, he had chips and salsa on the tray. These are complimentary for all diners.

003 (3)I asked my waiter a couple of questions about the menu and he was very knowledgeable. That is always a plus. The difference between Mexican and Latin American cuisine is the spices used and the types of peppers. Also the desserts are much sweeter.

The rest of my guests arrived and we looked over the various choices available. I love guacamole dip and the rest agreed so we ordered it as the appetizer. It was served with flour tortilla chips. We decided to order the Chicken Taco Salad for $9.95, Chicken Fajita Salad for $9.95, Steak Taco Salad for $10.95, Lentils Soup for $4.95 and another order of guacamole dip for $6.95. We found out it was quite addicting.

As they say, presentation is part of the reason food is so good. Yes and this place has presentation with a flare. The Chicken Taco Salad came in a large flour tortilla bowl with lettuce, sliced grilled chicken, cheese and tomatoes, with the house dressing in a pitcher on the side of the plate and guacamole and sour cream on the side as well. This way the diner gets to choose how much they want. The Steak Taco Salad also came in a large flour tortilla bowl filled with the house salad and topped with strips of tender steak. As with the chicken bowl, the dressing was served on the side.

The Chicken Fajita Salad came out sizzling on a plate with an extra plate with guacamole and sour cream. The colors of the peppers and onions made a very pretty plate with the grilled chicken. The Lentils Soup was a perfect compliment to the snowy day and was quite good.

The menu had many Latin American favorites as well as the traditional Mexican fare such as burritos, enchiladas, tacos and chimichangas. They also feature vegetarian choices and there is a kid’s menu, even having chicken nuggets for those who prefer but come with French fries or Mexican rice, sour cream and refried beans. You can even have a combination platter that is listed or make your own combination from those on the menu. Would love to try their tamales the next time I am in town. There are House Specialties such as Mariscada and other seafood dishes, and pork and beef dishes as well. There are several sizzling fajita combos available and they all sound great.

I tried my best to get everyone to try a dessert but couldn’t get any takers. The next time I will try the fried ice cream. I definitely will make more trips to this restaurant. It stands out far above most other Mexican and Latin American restaurants in the area. The wait staff is very accommodating and friendly and you know that you are welcome.

004 (3)Located 135 Central Square Drive
Prince Frederick, Md

Hours: Mon – Thurs 11:30 am – 3 pm & 5 pm – 9 pm
Fri 11:30 am – 3 pm & 5 pm – 10 pm
Sat 11:30 am – 10 pm
Sun 12 noon to 8 pm

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5 Responses to Fiesta Bar & Grill Restaurant Review

  1. roxy on March 4, 2014 at 8:50 am

    As soon as all this snow melts, I am going there!

  2. Anon on March 4, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Hmm I may need to try this place. Hopefully the food is better than most mexican food restaurants I have been to where they just microwave the food to the point where you can just taste the radiation.

  3. Jerry on March 4, 2014 at 11:03 am

    It seems you missed what is not Mexican about the menu here. On your next trip you should try some of the seafood or meat entreés that are from Central and South America. BTW, the proprietor is from El Salvador, and the typical “Mexican” dishes have the Salvadorian cooking style, like the tamales which have garbanzo beans and potatoes. As I said, you must return and sample the non-Mexican dishes on the menu.

  4. John on March 4, 2014 at 11:18 am

    The food really isn’t bad here. They definitely know how to cook and season meat.

    • Jerry on March 4, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      “The food really isn’t bad here” – kind of a back-handed compliment, I would say. ;-)