Habanero Grill

★★★★☆
  • 4701 Eastern Ave

    Baltimore, MD 21224

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  • 410-342-0937

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You will be pleasantly surprised by this Eastern Ave. Mexican/Salvadorean restaurant, nestled in Greektown. I have been twice now, it always looks empty, but never fear - try it out! Their online menu is a brief rundown of a few things on the list, but there are many more options when you sit down with the hardcopy. For appetizers, I went for the yucca con chicharrones, and the pastel de pollo. The chicharrones are small FRIED bites of pork, all meat - not the South American version where a large strip of pork rind & meat are deep fried. The yucca are also fried, and are served with a creamy, spicy dip. For those who have not tried yucca it is very similar to a potato in taste. While crispy and satisfying, this combination is nothing earth-shattering, and is more of a meal than an appetizer. The pastel de pollo can be skipped altogether, like an empanada with pastery dough, you may choose chicken or beef filling. It was served to me overfried, with a bland chicken filling. -eh, whateva.
For entree, I have not a complaint about the three options I have tried. The honey roasted chicken is delicious - sweet crispy skin, with soft juicy meat, and served with sauteed vegetables (zucchini, onion, pepper, etc) and mashed potatoes - yummm. I sampled my companion's dinner, the camarones con crema was served with rice, beans, and tortillas. The shrimp were sizeable, plump, and smothered in a mildly spiced sour cream sauce. I have to say that the BEST thing at this restaurant is the Mariscata Habanera. I was amazed by all the treasure in this bowl. The broth is similar to oyster stew - milky, buttery, and barely seasoned, to allow for the delicate flavors of the seafood to shine through. I found plump clams, chunks of salmon, calamari, shrimp, and half of a lobster. (There are mussels too, but these were weird - had been frozen, over-cooked, or sumpthin') The bowl is huge, with antennae & claws peeking out - and $15! I cannot wait to eat this soup again (maybe sans mussels.)

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★★★★☆

You will be pleasantly surprised by this Eastern Ave. Mexican/Salvadorean restaurant, nestled in Greektown. I have been twice now, it always looks empty, but never fear - try it out! Their online menu is a brief rundown of a few things on the list, but there are many more options when you sit down with the hardcopy. For appetizers, I went for the yucca con chicharrones, and the pastel de pollo. The chicharrones are small FRIED bites of pork, all meat - not the South American version where a large strip of pork rind & meat are deep fried. The yucca are also fried, and are served with a creamy, spicy dip. For those who have not tried yucca it is very similar to a potato in taste. While crispy and satisfying, this combination is nothing earth-shattering, and is more of a meal than an appetizer. The pastel de pollo can be skipped altogether, like an empanada with pastery dough, you may choose chicken or beef filling. It was served to me overfried, with a bland chicken filling. -eh, whateva.
For entree, I have not a complaint about the three options I have tried. The honey roasted chicken is delicious - sweet crispy skin, with soft juicy meat, and served with sauteed vegetables (zucchini, onion, pepper, etc) and mashed potatoes - yummm. I sampled my companion's dinner, the camarones con crema was served with rice, beans, and tortillas. The shrimp were sizeable, plump, and smothered in a mildly spiced sour cream sauce. I have to say that the BEST thing at this restaurant is the Mariscata Habanera. I was amazed by all the treasure in this bowl. The broth is similar to oyster stew - milky, buttery, and barely seasoned, to allow for the delicate flavors of the seafood to shine through. I found plump clams, chunks of salmon, calamari, shrimp, and half of a lobster. (There are mussels too, but these were weird - had been frozen, over-cooked, or sumpthin') The bowl is huge, with antennae & claws peeking out - and $15! I cannot wait to eat this soup again (maybe sans mussels.)

Pros: tastey & inexpensive, personable waitstaff

Cons: ambiance, parking

 

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