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Posted by A regular customer on 03/01/2012
We love Plaza Azteca for their thin, handmade chips and fresh salsa (no, it's not spicy, but just ask and they'll give you some fire for it!), great margaritas, and friendly service. It's a cute place too. Try the crazy-delicious mascitas de puerco (chunks of marinated pork), stuffed-silly chimichangas and burritos--and for dessert the tres leches (3 milks) cake is light, fluffy, and scrumptious. They also make a mean quesadilla that you can add chicken, shrimp, beef, or spinach to--all yummy and make a great choice for kids. Black beans or pinto beans are served "stew-style" in savory sauce (cilantro haters will not like them), but they also have the refried ones if you prefer. Is Plaza Azteca like eating in Mexico, no, but it is *really* tasty and very reasonably priced! Give them a try!
Posted by sarah on 07/11/2011
I think the owners are from Guatamala. I am from California and have just about given up on finding good mexican food here in the DC/Bethesda area. But, considering there aren't alot of mexican people here what are you going to do? The taquitos I ordered were over the top-- stuffed full of shredded chicken and hand rolled and fried fresh. I was served a bowl of beans that looked to be heated with broth. The look on my face must have been very telling because the cook took them back --refried them and brought them back. What I look for in a Mexican restaurant-- pico de gallo crispy taco shells that are fried with the meal (not packaged) fresh jalapenos (not picked) machaca chips that are made on the spot I haven't found it yet here but I am still looking.
Posted by Laura on 06/08/2011
Finally got around to trying the (fairly) new Plaza Azteca by the Home Depot in Bethesda. I had a hankering for Mexican food and looked up the menu, which was substantial and enticing. Ordering for 5 people (takeout) with free rein, we tried a variety, including camarones, chiles rellenos, and sampler platters. My favorite was the excellent Lomo Saltado, a steak fajita in Peruvian sauce. Even the beef tacos and guacamole with chips for the little guys was good. Everything was fresh, homemade, and tasty. Some really creative items on the menu, and old standards done well. Two things I'd change, though:I wish they'd add a kids menu, and replace the styrofoam takeout containers.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/12/2009
We have tried different Mexican restaurants in the DC area but none compare to the delightful dishes served at this wonderful restaurant. Chips are thin and crispy and the salsa is chunky and full of flavor. From the appetizer section we enjoyed the Ceviche which was very fresh and most of all they used flounder for this dish unlike other places where they use cheap fish. for our main course we ordered the Carne Asada, skirt steak very well marinated, tender and juicy. My wife had the Salmon a la Parrilla, a large portion of grilled salmon with sauteed scallops and shrimps with a garlic sauce, it was amazing. every dish showed that the chef has put passion and dedication. White table cloths make this restaurant unique and different from other Mexican restaurants in the area. The pricing is very affordable. We highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for great Mexican and latin food. By the way, the Margaritas here are superb at this place and only $5.95!
Posted by anonymous on 09/07/2009
Maybe it was chef's night off, but dinner (for 2) last night did not seem to be at the same restaurant that others have liked so much. The salsa was thin, like diluted tomato juice, with absolutely no heat. The only flavor came from the over-large chunks of raw onion. Chicken tamales were gelatinous, and tasted only faintly of corn. Two different seafood preparations each contained small, almost tasteless shrimp. One preparation, had mussels, which were so small that there was essentially no meat inside any of the shell, just a few slimy strands that seemed better suited to a used handkerchief. The included scallops were watery. The broccoli served with both dishes seemed fresh, but was so raw that it was not edible. Neither main course was assertive in flavoring and with eyes closed came close to being a "mystery cuisine platter". Atthough the chips were not at all greasy, and the service was excellent, it did not rescue the experience. It was a highly unsatisfying meal. We cut our losses and did not order dessert.
Posted by juan on 07/09/2009
There is no better mexican restaurant in the dc metro area, the level of authenticity and service is great and the food which in my multiple trips i have been able to try several plates is delicious. visit plaza azteca for a b-day graduation or just dinner you won't be let down.