VIDEO: Plazuelas Opens in Edgewater

The Mexican eatery is open for business and the customers are streaming in.


Plazuelas restaurant had a long road to its Dec. 27 opening. We checked in with owner Paul Loza back in , throughout the summer and again in

At each interview, the opening of the eatery seemed to be in reach.

There were a variety of reasons for the delay, but Loza is now looking forward to serving south county residents authentic Mexican food.

The luncheon menu is priced in the $5 to $7 range, while dinner ranges from $6 to $13. The menu offers vegetarian options ($8.25) and a dinner for two special ($16.45). A single taco ($1.85) or two chicken burritos ($6.75) make a good addition to any meal or appetizer. For dessert, try the flan ($2.75) or fried ice cream ($3.75).

I thought that the best part of the large menu was the lexicon of Mexican food terms—answering all of my questions about the difference between an enchilada and a burrito, a tostada and a tamale.

They don't serve alcohol, but as soon as the owner gets a liquor license, margaritas, cocktails, beer and wine will be available.

Loza said he brought in staff from their restaurants in Towson and Brooklyn Park to work in Edgewater so there wouldn't be any need to train the wait or kitchen staff. They will stay on until local employees can be found and trained.

D. Frank Smith December 28, 2011 at 09:04 PM
Great to see this place finally open. I'll try it out this weekend if they're open.
Jennifer S. December 31, 2011 at 05:37 AM
I'm so disappointed, we tried Plazuelas out tonight and I'm hoping the kinks are because it's so new still. Maybe it will get better, I'm hoping they can get it together. First, it really still feels and looks like a fast food joint. You do get a server at the table, but you have to pay at the front like a diner. And that wasn't even a problem other than the fact that they only had one girl at the front desk who had to take bill payments and also act as hostess to seat people. It was a bit chaotic and customers were visibly annoyed. Second, they still have the fluorescent lights and they are WAY too bright! I felt like I was back in my high school cafeteria at 11am, rather than a 6pm dinner on a Friday night. Lastly, the food was decent for the most part. But the guy who brought the food out warned us how HOT HOT HOT the plates were (so we didn't dare touch them as he delivered them with thick gloves on) yet the food had a few cold spots in the middle. It came out very fast after ordering so it made me leery of the food being pre-prepared and microwaved or thrown under a heat lamp. Overall, I was really hoping for more. For now, I'll skip Plazuelas and head to Annapolis for Mexican at the Mexican Cafe or El Toro if I get a hunkering for eating Mexican out rather than just making it at home. I'm hoping the crew can fix this place up to something that will last, but it will take a big effort to be a keeper in this town with too many restaurants.
Sue January 11, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Excellent FRIENDLY attentive service! Immaculate, yes very bright but perhaps once they are successful they can make that investment. Food: odd take on carnitas tamale- good but just different..good sauce. Huge crowd coming in for a Wednesday night


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