Friday, October 28, 2011

Bowie Restaurant Project: (25) Monterey Mexican Restaurant

Monterey is Now Closed.

For an explanation of the Bowie Restaurant Project, look here.

For a list of all the Bowie Restaurant Project reviews, look here.

Monterey Mexican Restaurant, 4449 Mitchellville Road

Most Recent Foursquare Check-in: 10/24/2011
Total Foursquare Check-ins: 3
Pre-Foursquare Visits: A couple
Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars

Earlier this week, some colleagues were visiting my workplace. As the decision as to where to have lunch came around, some of them bemoaned the lack of choices Bowie offered and talked about going to Chipotle. Since I needed to go there to do a review, I was OK with that, but I raised an objection anyway. If you want Mexican food, and you have the time, why not go to an actual Mexican restaurant?

Because that's what you get from Monterey. You get actual, tasty Mexican food served in an actual restaurant. The food is good, but not spectacular -- if I were craving excellent Mexican food, I'd take the half-hour drive to Sierra's in Beltsville or to the "Little Mexico" section of Riverdale. The service is good, if a bit uneven -- the last time I was there with Christina & the boys, they got confused on the order, and the bill needed correcting. But it is family-friendly, and the prices are reasonable.

Every city needs a non-chain, sit-down Mexican restaurant. You're not going to wow friends or relatives from Arizona or California by bringing them here, but this place is one of two solid options you have in Bowie. It's also a reminder -- Bowie has a lot of Chipotle-level options, but if you let your mind get stuck there, you'll miss out on a few higher-caliber meals.

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