Plaza Mexico Restaurante has taken over the space formerly occupied by the rather short-lived Stoney Lonen by the Harris Teeter in Long Neck. The new spot is at 26506 Victoria's Landing Road. There are a number of Plaza Mexico restaurants in Maryland and Pennsylvania. The closest ones are in Waldorf, Md. and North Beach, Md. Click here to take a look at their general website.
We (finally) made our first trip there a couple of weeks ago, and had the pleasure of sitting at the bar. Diego was our bartender – and also the waiter for the bar patrons AND the surrounding tables WHILE handling the service bar as well. Several of our local restaurants need a few Diegos. He knows his stuff.
Though the food presents well visually, I suspect that the kitchen still needs some fine tuning when it comes to taste. There was little distinction among the various elements of the dishes. I know that pretty much all Mexican food (like Italian food, let's face it) is basically the same ingredients arranged differently on the plate (OK, a bit of an exaggeration, but you get what I mean…). But the tamale really didn't taste much different from the enchiladas or the relleno or the carnitas, and so on and so forth.
Fans of Mexican food go to Mexican restaurants for the bright taste and rather aggressive (not necessarily “hot”) spices. If the proprietors are “throttling back” the flavors in order to not offend the spice wimps and the complainers (“Ohhh…that's too SPICY! Are you trying to kill me!?”) they are making a big mistake. This will invariably result in a lackluster clientele developing no loyalty eating a lackluster menu, while the people who TRULY like and appreciate Mexican food will simply go somewhere else that is not afraid to give them what they expect. Sadly, that lackluster crowd that craves nothing other than blandness will eventually move on to another bland restaurant – and the true Mexican food aficionados – who could have been a loyal fan base – will never return.
Again, the presentation was very nice, and the service (at least at the bar) was excellent. But I hope these restaurateurs wise up and serve dishes that are authentically spiced enough to keep the Mexican food lovers coming back. After all, they do have some competition in the area.
I believe in second chances, and I will certainly return to check the place out again. Hopefully I will be able to tell the difference among the various elements of each plate and not have everything tasting pretty much the same. There are already enough local restaurants that do that already. For hours and more info call 302-945-3111