Plaza Azteca Menu

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  • Amazing food and great atmosphere! This is my favorite restaurant in the area. You are always greeted warmly when you walk in and the employees are always smiling and happy through your entire meal. The prices are great for what you get. The food is so amazing. It is always so fresh. Each time I try something new and each time I am blown away! They really have something good going on here.

    (5)
  • Good. I am here from Texas and as you may have heard we take our Mexican seriously. I went here because its right across the lot from the Hampton Inn where I am staying. I came with low expectations and was pleasantly surprised. The food was overall good for the price you pay. The salsa was basically tomato sauce with cilantro, nothing special. I had the ranchero quesadillas with steak. They were actually very good! If I had one complaint it would be that the steak was over salted. Overall for a spur of the moment dinner I had a good experience and I didnt break the bank. I recommend!

    (3)
  • This place has amazing food. But our service was horrible. JOSE Hispanic guy with grayish hair. Was the worse service I ever had. He was so rude and then when I talked to a manager {basically another server} he argued with me. Horrible service. I will only be back for takeout.

    (1)
  • I feel like Mexican restaurants in SoMD put me in an awkward position as I have spent fully half my life in the desert Southwest with some really choice mexican food (and not much else). That said, Plaza Azteca. Salsa was mild, as you'd expect in the Mid-Atlantic, and they gave us a white sauce like what goes on fish tacos as well, which was pretty tasty on the chips. I had the Burrito San Jose - flour tortilla, rice, beans (I think...not very many though), chorizo and grilled chicken topped with a fork-full of pico de gallo and a whole bunch of cheese sauce which was pretty overbearing. I tried to leave it mostly on the plate. Unfortunately the chorizo was pretty mild and didn't impart much greasy moisture (mm chorizo grease!) to the dish so all in all it was just ok. My girlfriend had the Veracruz Fajitas (shrimp and chicken) which came sizzling on a hit iron skillet with fresh rice, beans, cheese and pico, as well as freshly made tortillas. It was a little light in the seasoning department also but all in all ok. She also said the flan was non-traditional and super sweet. She said 3 stars. Service was pretty average but pleasant nonetheless. I'd try it again.

    (3)
  • great experience! I expected as much considering this 'new' restaurant is really Monterey's Mexican Restaurant which moved from San Succi Plaza under a name. I am curious though why the name changed--it's not like they have a bad reputation, if anything it's quite the opposite. Not to mention, they have another location further north in Lusby that still goes by the name Monterey's, albeit with a II after the name. Anyhow, the point is, the food and service is outstanding. The decor is much nicer too. Great place for lunch and/or dinner!

    (5)
  • Good food and prices.

    (5)
  • Wonderful fish tacos, the salsa is amazing with the right amount if heat, great top shelf tequilas to choose from as well

    (4)
  • Really disappointed in this place. All of the kids' food was overcooked (two corn dogs and a cheeseburger). The cheeseburger was so bad that we sent it back. The ahi tuna was fatty and the chicken in the enchiladas was dry. Oh, and it took forever to get our food (probably because they cooked it too long). Note to management: kill two birds with one stone. Don't cook your food for so long. It'll taste better and get to the table faster!

    (1)
  • Good food and conveniently located next the Hampton Inn. I was impressed with their homemade tortillas. Was a bit loud, but overall a good experience.

    (4)
  • I have never had anything bad from here! Great food and very pretty inside. The only downside is that the waiters and waitresses don't always understand what you are requesting since they don't speak English very well.

    (5)
  • I love the chain plaza azteca. Some if my girlfriends came to town we decided on this one because it was a safe bet. When we first arrived we entered through the door on the patio it was the first one we came across and having an infant and toddler in tow it was easier. The other was around in the far corner of the parking lot and we had an infant with us so it was a little inconvenient. When we walked in we were told to sit wherever as the restaurant was dead. We sat there for about 10 minutes before we were acknowledged. We weren't given a menu or silverware until then. Two of the girls ordered mixed drinks. One came out really strong. When giving the order to the waiter he didnt write it down and rushed through our orders. I asked for a side of sour cream, lettuce and tomato. After a pretty long wait the kitchen staff brought the food out with our waiter no where in sight. The kids entree was supposed to be pepperoni pizza (yeah I know pizza in a Mexican restaurant but there was limited options in the kids menu). The pizza was only cheese and looked microwaved and wasn't cut at all. One of the other girls asked for a beef taco salad and it came out chicken and I didnt receive my lettuce,tomato,and sour cream. We told the man giving us our food that these things were wrong and he didnt seem to understand why we were sending them back. The restaurant was still dead and our waiter was still no where. The gentleman got out waiter and finally took our food back to make it right but we still didnt have drinks refilled and he never came back to check on our table. We had to find him to get our check. When we left I found him sitting in a booth watching tv. I don't think I will be back if they don't get their service in check.

    (3)
  • Don't get me wrong, the food was very delicious. Being from South Texas, that says a lot. The portions were very satisfying as well. First, we tried to walk in to the restaurant, well into business hours, and the doors were locked. The host had to open the doors from the inside. We were seated right away. The beverages came quickly, and the waiter was attentive. Then we had to request things that we thought should have been brought with the food. We had to ask for utensils, tortillas for the fajitas, an extra plate, more water, and the check. All in all, the food very, very good, service could use some work.

    (3)
  • The staff accommodated our party of 30 at a moments notice at 8:00 on a Friday night with no reservation. The food was great and came out quickly which was amazing given the size of our party. The service was awesome. They split the drinks (the margaritas are big) and split the checks 10 ways. Warning, the portions are huge and the drinks are no joke. Great place for a big crowd. Everyone was happy. We loved the queso fundido and the cerviche trio.

    (5)
  • Great food, great service and delicious & cheap margaritas at happy hour! I'm a vegan and it was very easy to find something delectable both times I went. They are generous with the free salsa and chips upon your arrival, and the dessert they supply to people with birthdays is fried ice cream which I heard was very yummy!

    (5)
  • Impressive new start with some great new food options. I was so impressed with the lunch. It's definitely a caliber above the old Monterey. I had the delicious Chimichanga and and an awesome dessert of churro's. Definitely come check out the new upscale Mexican restaurant in town.

    (4)
  • Pretty impressed. Reasonable prices, kick-ass $2 margaritas (at least on Monday night when we went) and good service. Nothing extravagant, but good all-around.

    (4)
  • Ambience is wonderful staff is welcoming. Husband ordered plate without onions and plate arrived full of onions. He had to reorder and it took 15 mins for his new plate to arrive.The beans appear to be rehydrated refired beans, the rice is tasteless and while friendly our waiter seemed to not know the menu. We tried the fried icecream and found it to be cheaply made with very little "batter" and a watered down chocolate raspberry sauce. The place is beautiful and the staff very friendly however its a restaurant and to be successful you need to have good food thats tasy and appealing...sadly Plaza Azteca does not in my opinion have tasty appealing food. Will not recommend it to friends.

    (2)
  • Don't be confused, Plaza Azteca is not a brand-new establishment, as it has replaced the Monterey's in San Souci plaza. The menu, however, is a far cry from the plain mexicali, watered-down Mexican fare Southern Maryland usually provides. The dishes are a little more adventurous if you are okay with straying away from the usual taco/burrito/fajita menu items. The best part: fresh, house-made tortillas! Be still my heart! We got the Molcajete Azteca, which is a mixture of chicken, steak, and shrimp with poblano peppers and pineapple (!) and a warm, slightly-sweet pasilla sauce served in a hot stone bowl. We got plates of tortillas, rice, and refried beans to build our meal with. It was absolutely delicious. I also ordered a beer-garita, which is a margarita with a Coronita in the top: expensive, but so fun and over-the-top you won't need to order another drink. All in all, great value for the price, as we both ate on the molcajete the next day over salad and it was fabulous. Definitely try it out!

    (5)
  • Just to be clear, this is not Mexican food, and to be honest, I cannot wait to get back home in San Diego where real Mexican food is. Almost all restaurants out here are South American and I would pick El Salvadoran. People out here rate places like high because they have no other reference so go on. All Combo plates are served with Refried beans and Mexican rice....that is the basics. All Salsa has a bite and does not taste like ketchup and it is also chunky and made with fresh ingredients. This place is the standard ho-hum places out here, just average and nothing special. Do some research; Go to food network ( foodnetwork.com/recipes/… ) and see how they are made then go and pick on up, check on how it is made. A good Chili Relleno is a good measurement on how the restaurant makes or buys them. A fresh Relleno should still be firm, cuts easily with a fork and the cheese does not leak out and running all over your plate.

    (2)
  • UPDATE: Now that we officially know this is Monterey's alter ego, they have tamed down the crazy-spicy salsa and you can get white sauce too, but you have to ask for it. I recommend you ask for it. It'll make us yelp-friends for sure. Also, $2 margaritas at happy hour. WOO WOO

    (4)
  • Good food at a reasonable price definitely get your money's worth. Menu has a wide variety to choose from.

    (4)
  • The decor is wonderful, unfortunately that is the best I can say about the reopened Monterey's. The service was slow, things we asked for were not brought, and the prices were high for what ended up on the plates in front of us. I would give this a pass, at least for some time until they work out the kinks.

    (2)
  • I may have a new favorite place for Mexican (American!) food in St Mary's county! After my experience here a few nights ago, I think I can say that. My boyfriend and I came in this past Thursday night for a late dinner- we were there around 8pm, so the restaurant wasn't very full. Our waiter, Julio, met us as soon as we sat down (literally it was RIGHT then) with hot chips and salsa. He was super pleasant and just a really fun personality throughout our night. We ordered a guava margarita (my guy has a real sweet tooth!) and a house margarita on the rocks, and they came out super quickly and were delicious. As for the food - I had steak fajitas, he had chicken and spinach enchiladas. We always share food though, so we had the chance to try each other's selections. The fajitas came with REAL fresh tortillas, which was an excellent touch. They were so good. The veggies and steak were cooked and charred perfectly. The boyfriends enchiladas were also delicious, he loved them! Everything tasted great, and it was a quick and fun meal. It's really just important to note that this isn't the kind of Mexican food you'll get in old town San Diego or in, you know, Mexico. It is definitely an American influenced cuisine. However, it is pretty darn tasty. It's worth giving it a try! I also credit the five stars to the excellent service we received - ask for Julio if you can, he's great!

    (5)
  • Burrito San Jose... I wish I could order something else, but it's just so damned good... That's the dilemma you will face here; albeit, I've tried most of the menu and they do a really good job across the board for an east-coast Mexican sit down restaurant. Do the Azteca Moljeca(sp) if you are with a spouse or date - all joking aside, it's a very special dish that is enough for 4. Only caveat, this place seems to be getting more and more commercialized as the parent company gains ground. Seemingly was better when it was Monterey's and was located in California, MD.

    (4)
  • We always love our food (when we get it) here. The service has always been great, with one exception. Word of advice- avoid Mexican restaurants on Cinco de Mayo. We went for a late lunch, after 12:30, ended up waiting over an hour and a half for our food and eventually just had to leave without eating.

    (3)
  • Went for a friends birthday dinner. What a find! The place is nice, clean, has a very extensive menu, and delicious food. I had the enchiladas mole, and was thoroughly satisfied. Plenty of food, mild, yet flavorful mole sauce. The bkack beans were delicious, with just a hint of spice. I finished with some flan, which was full of flavir, but a little furmer than I prefer. Definitely worth every penny, as the prices are very reasonable. Highly recommended.

    (4)
  • Extremely uneven food quality and service. The salsa is tasty but the chips are bland and border on stale, even when hot. Sometimes the meals are served hot and taste delicious and other they are undercooked. The sides of rice and refried beans are consistently bland. Suggest that you order a la carte. The draft beer does come in many sizes, including litre steins, and is always ice cold. Food usually comes out quickly. The best Mexican food in St Marys county, which is not such a compliment.

    (3)
  • I guess it's good for Mexican American food. Not authentic Mexican though. I guess there's not enough of a Mexican population around for that. Very fancy decorations, very clean, plenty of televisions. I was very impressed with the interior design. It's an upscale place. Average $11 per plate lunch.

    (3)
  • Food was great, service excellent and attentive. I'll be back here again. Plus Sunday is 20% off with military ID.

    (4)
  • Fresh made table side guacamole.

    (3)
  • I don't have much to say about this place since I've only been here once and did not even get seated the one time that I came here since I came on a late night and the hostess insisted that we take out (which was ultimately more convenient for the both of us). The prices here are honestly not bad for the portion that you get. It's almost the same price that you're charged at Chipotle but the amount you get is practically double. I got a steak quesadilla and my boyfriend got a burrito. For appetizers, we got the 10 piece wings. The steak quesadilla had excellently cocked steak, chewy enough to be flavorful. The burrito was also not too bad, but THE WINGS WERE TERRIBLE. I think we only ate like 2-3 before we ended up throwing out the 10pc appetizer away!! (The quesadilla also comes with this large salad that has sour cream & tomatoes on it) (All meals come with a side of nachos w/ salsa and sour cream). The wings were dry and I felt it hurting my throat! The sauce they give does not compliment the wings at all. The wings are also fairly small and I've worked in the food industry before, so I know that when wings are dried out like that.. it means the wings have been pre-fried and sitting there for quite some time. Very disappointed as it was my first meal in Patuxent River.

    (2)
  • Cinco de Mayo Shit Show! Well I'll start by saying "at least we were entertained".Traffic that day ways awful so we opted for an early mexi dinner and some margs to celebrate the irrelevent holiday. As we approached that rapidly filling bar at 5pm, one of the bar tenders shouted "we're out of Patron I'm going to the store I'll be back". Leaving one pissed off stressed out bar tender to deal with the masses. First of all buying from outside sources is illegal in MD and goodluck fighting this traffic, plus let's face it noone is in here ordering patron at this time of day. Cheap beers and margs for the masses. Too bad the margs were weakass premixed juice slushies and the beer was interesting to say the least. From my seat at the bar I watched a guy top off a beer with another brand as the initial keg was cashed....Are you serious dude! Felt sorry for whoever got that skunked beer. We decided to order only because we had now switched to bottled beers and didn't want to keep drinking to much we couldn't get home. Veg fajitas it is, I will say their homemade corn tortillas are the shit!!! Food is OK, but c'mon step it up! When someone orders veg fajitas, you can safely assume their vegitarian and would prefer thier food not swimming in oil!! Anyways, enough of the rant. We stuck around hoping to see Bartneder A bitch Slap Batender B for leaving her along for nearly an hour. Didn't happen although you could cut the tension with a knife!! OLe!

    (1)
  • I've been eating at this restaurant and their previous restaurant Monterey for years. Ate here tonight on Labor Day. Chips cold, Ranch salsa not offered and when asked to speak to manager, language barrier seemed to always preclude speaking to manager. After whining about stone cold chips and the salsa, we finally received some Luke warm chips. Entrees were acceptable and warm. Service did improve as the meal went along. Probably because initial issues. You folks were way off the mark tonight. Everyone has an off night. This wan't their night.

    (2)
  • Loved it! Stopped on a whim and EVERYTHING was perfect! Clean establishment, great food with ADULT size portions and phenomenal service. Truly the best peach daiquiri I have had since Rivera Maya and to top it all off they come to your table, when requested and make fresh guacamole . The manager constantly walks and scans to ensure everyone is pleased and satisfied. I'm thoroughly impressed. Can't wait til next time!!!

    (5)
  • A lot of reviewers give bad reviews based on traffic, other guests and even a bad day leading up to their meal there. My experiences here (3 visits) are all positive. Each time the food was great, and the staff is super nice to me. I don't know why people would call them mean. I've had enchiladas, a burrito, and a steak here. Each meal was preceded by chips and salsa, which I personally really like. The enchiladas were generously stuffed and the balance with the sauce was perfect. The burrito was huge and tasty as well. Only gripe is I said no avocado, but found guacamole inside. Good thing I am only slightly allergic (nothing a pill won't fix). The steak was really good too, and they gave me free tortillas to make small burritos. I can't express how underrated this place is. Nice people and delicious food, with a bonus of being close to the Hampton Hotel. As long as I keep coming to Hollywood for business, I will always give my money to this restaurant.

    (5)
  • There's not many Mexican American restaurant that I ve been to. I can actually count on one hand. This place would be my number 3 if I had access to all of them at the same time. The food appears to be fresh and tasted really good. I tried the toco tonight and they looked and tasted great. I would come back.

    (3)
  • Bland. Service was bad, then the waitress acted like the service being bad was our fault! There was no one there yet.

    (2)
  • A friend and I went here on a Thursday evening with about 5 minutes to spare on their happy hour specials. The Bartender Lindsey honored the special for us on our first drinks. We ordered food, I had the chori-pollo, it was literally the best I've had at any of theses major Spanish food places. She (my friend) ordered a chicken taco salad which she also said was excellent. All evening Lindsey was very attentive to us and the rest of her customers at the bar. She was constantly on the go, cleaning glassware, filling drinks, organizing and wiping down counters, being friendly and personable with everyone around her. Everything was very reasonably priced. This will probably become my go to place for dinner and drinks since it is very close to my new home, and the great experience I had my first time there.

    (5)
  • It was pretty good food. Had dinner here and got the carne asada. The tacos were great. I did enjoy the food but it turned my butt in to a flamethrower. All in all it was worth it.

    (4)
  • The bf and I ate here for his buddy's going away dinner. The table side guac was pretty good. You can ask them to put as much or as little of the standard ingredients. But what I loved the most was their California Fish Tacos! SO GOOD! I'm sure it was just tilapia but the coleslaw which had to have been pickled or something - OMG. My bf is a huge fan of the barbacoa so much so that we went back two days after the going away dinner. :) Yum!

    (5)
  • I was in town for a short business trip and this place was very close to my hotel. I decided to give it a shot and I am glad I did. First the good; the food was great and they had very large portions. The pricing was very reasonable and they had good drink specials. My only complaint was the service was a bit slow. It took me 10 min to get a menu from my bartender. Thankfully getting a drink didn't take that long. My food did come out pretty fast though. I would eat here again if in town. I would recommend the bartender give someone a check instead of yelling to them what their total, kind of unprofessional and not everyone wants the whole restaurant knowing how much their bill is.

    (4)

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Specialities

  • Takes Reservations : Yes
    Delivery : No
    Take-out : Yes
    Accepts Credit Cards : Yes
    Good For : Lunch
    Parking : Private Lot
    Bike Parking : Yes
    Good for Kids : Yes
    Good for Groups : Yes
    Attire : Casual
    Ambience : Casual
    Noise Level : Average
    Alcohol : Full Bar
    Outdoor Seating : Yes
    Wi-Fi : No
    Has TV : Yes
    Waiter Service : Yes
    Caters : No

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Mexican Cuisine

If you enjoy Taco Tuesday, then you have officially fallen in love with the Mexican Food. The main grain of Mexican cuisine is maize. Also known as corn, maize is grown for the past 9000 years after the crop was discovered by the people in Mayan civilization. Mexican empire flourished when they started growing beans, tomatoes, chili pepper, sweet potato and cactus. Till this date these ingredients are used in cooking authentic Mexican dishes and drinks.

Great use of spices, fresh chili pepper dishes like fajitas, tortilla chips, corn chips, salsa, chimichangas, burritos, nachos and quesadillas are invented in America. But when you are looking for authentic Mexican food then you must find a restaurant in the city that serves Rajas con Queso, Garbanzo in a Guajillo Chile Sauce, Pork Filled Chiles Rellenos, Chiles en Nogada, Molcajete Salsa, Pico de Gallo and Frijoles de la Olla. An eye-opening fact – Mexican don't like their food hot. They use fresh chili and other spices to create a flavor that lingers in your mouth.

Mexican food is great for those who are Gluten Intolerant as they use Corn instead of wheat in most of their dishes. Also, you can easily find many beans based Mexican dishes. Another dish which didn't get similar glory as tacos or nachos is the Mexican hot chocolate. If you love something hot on a chilly day, then go for Mexican Hot Chocolate. On merry days, you can enjoy the authentic Mexican Drinks like Tequila, Mezcal, Tecuí, Sotol, Bacanora, Charanda, Posh O Pox, Puebla and Pulque. Mexican Cuisine is for people who enjoy strong drinks and hearty meals.

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