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By: Lynne O’Meara, Southern Maryland Restaurants
Lexington Park, MD- Several people told me recently I should check out a little Mexican restaurant in Lexington Park called Fiesta Pollo…so I did! Fiesta Pollo has delicious homemade Mexican fare!
Owner Cuauhtemoc “Temo” Amezcua, who also owns Fiesta Cafe (in Mechanicsville) and Tequila Grill (in Charlotte Hall), and Chef Arturo Moreno has brought fresh and authentic food to Lexington Park.
Open since December 2018, Fiesta Pollo is in a building that first was a Long John Silver’s/A&W and then Cocoa’s Authentic Caribbean Jerk restaurant. While it still retains the colorful walls of the Caribbean restaurant, Temo has added beautiful Mexican accent tiles to the walls and Mexican decorations. It is counter-service but has ample seating for dining in. If you don’t want to go in, there is also a drive-thru.
I went with a friend last week…we got a lot of food! We ordered Chunky Guacamole, House Cheese Dip, Tacos (one steak and one chicken), a Half Chicken (with Black Beans and Fried Plantains), Handmade Tamales (one Chicken and one Pork), and Mexican Flan for dessert. Yes, …we took home a lot of leftovers!
The food is fresh and prepared to order. The Guacamole is one of the best I’ve ever had and was a perfect balance of the ingredients. The Tacos are made with handmade corn tortillas, which you add toppings to from their plentiful Salsa Bar. The Salsa Bar includes salsa and sauces, limes, onions, cucumbers, jalapenos, and (my favorite) cilantro. The Fire-Grilled Chicken is perfectly spiced and cooked tender and juicy. The dark meat is especially tender!
The Black Beans are very good, and the Plantains are great! As some of you know, I love plantains! They were cooked and browned just the way I like them! The Tamales are authentic and delicious. Arturo prepares Mexican-style Chicken or Pork Tamales and his wife (Blanca, who is from El Salvador) makes Central American-style Chicken Tamales.
We ended our food fest with the Mexican Flan. It had a fabulous caramel flavor and was just the right texture.
The service was great. Arianna was the cashier at the counter and Patty was manning (or womaning) the drive-thru. I asked what their favorites dishes are…Arianna’s favorites are the Tacos and Patty likes the Carne Asada. Arturo told me some of the more popular dishes are Chicken Tortas (Mexican-style subs), Tequila Quesadillas (Chicken, Shrimp, and Steak), and Papusas (made when ordered).
With colder weather coming (really it is…today is the first day of Autumn), they have added soups to the menu. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday they offer a special soup, either Beef, Chicken or Seafood. These soups are homemade and very popular! Arturo said people come in just for the soups! We were there on a Thursday and heard other customers asking for the soup.
Mexican beverages Horchata, Tamarindo, and Agua de Jamaica are available. The portions are generous, and the prices are great. A taco for $3.25 and tamales for $3.00…can’t beat that!
The drive-thru does take longer than a traditional fast-food restaurant because everything is prepared after you order, but it is worth the extra time!
I really enjoyed the food and I like the fresh preparation! I already know what I want to order when I return (and I will return) …Flautas (Taquitos), Quesadillas, and Carne Asada…maybe not all at the same time!
Fiesta Pollo is located at 21591 Great Mills Road, Lexington Park (near Gate 2). They are open every day from 11 am-9 pm. Maybe I’ll see you there!
Check out their Facebook page and website (https://www.facebook.com/FiestaPollo/).
Rating (out of 5):
- Food: 4.6
- Service: 4.1
- Ambiance: 3.7