Great Mexican Food at Elvis!

| March 27, 2012 | 7 Comments

I, like many of you, grew up in the suburbs and was under the impression that Taco Bell was real Mexican food.  Taco Bell was readily available and there were very few real Mexican options to contest the home of the Double Decker Taco.  In the early 2000s, Chipotle, Qdoba and Baja Fresh emerged onto the scene and gave most Americans a much more authentic sampling of Mexican and Tex Mex food.  Like most of you, I was immediately drawn to these places. The fast food game had instantly been changed… for the better.

Admittedly, I have become one of those snobs who rarely goes near a McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy’s or Taco Bell unless it’s a pretty desperate situation.  Thanks to the emergence of Chipotle, we have seen a large supply of fast food options a cut above the McDonalds of the world.  Places like Panera, Potbelly, Noodles & Company, Five Guys and more have popped up everywhere. Even Chick-Fil-A has made the transition from the greasy place available at malls and college food courts to a national sensation with their very well-run locations.  Gas stations like Wawa (Love it!), Royal Farms and Sheetz have also really stepped their game up to provide fresh options for those on the run.

Luckily as South Baltimore residents there are many home-grown options that prevent us from having to eat at places available in every town with at least three stop lights.  When it comes to Mexican/Tex Mex, Elvis Restaurant is a terrific asset to this community.  If you love Chipotle, Qdoba or Baja Fresh, I strongly recommend spending a lunch or dinner at Elvis located on 1022 Light St. in Federal Hill.

Today I ordered lunch from Elvis and, as usual, it was delicious and I was stuffed after spending a very reasonable amount of money.  Every time I go in there it is hard not to get the two soft tacos with beans and rice for just $5.25, but today I was adventurous and got the chicken enchilada with beans and rice.  It was not the first time I ordered the enchiladas, but it was certainly a reminder of how tasty they are.  Fresh grilled white-meat chicken and corn tortillas with a great mix of spicy enchilada sauce and sour cream. The rice and beans are simple but a great addition to any meal, especially if you mix them together and top them with their signature hot sauce.

What I really like to do is buy two items off the menu and share them.  It allows you to experiment with their different meats including chicken, carne asade steak, carnitas and ground beef.  I recommend sharing the quesadilla with either the enchiladas, tacos or nachos.  The quesadillas blend all the right flavors together and the tacos feature great fresh flour tortillas with cheese delicately melted inside them.  Spice or dip any of the items with their sour cream, hot sauce or guacamole.

Chipotle has certainly made the burrito a rockstar in this country and Elvis offers a great option for those craving the popular  Mexican wrap.  Like all the food at Elvis, their burrito has steam coming off of it letting you know that everything came right off the grill.  Just like the rest of the food, the burrito is overstuffed with all the right flavors while light on your wallet.  The burrito is also so big that it barely fits in the tortilla shell, so be prepared to eat some with a fork until you can get the rest back in the tortilla.

This article has been easier to write than most, because I am so stuffed that writing about delicious food is not making me hungry.  We live in an area with hundreds of options for food, whether you are sitting down or eating on the run, so thoughts of Wendy’s or Burger King are foreign to someone like me.  Elvis is one of those great options. The next time you are in the mood for Mexican food, try out Elvis… I bet you’ll like it!




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