Plaza Mexico Comes To Beach

Manager Freddy Murillo in front of one of the beautiful murals being painted inside the new Plaza Mexico Restaurant in North Beach.
Chesapeake Current Cuisine
• Thursday, November 22, 2012
Those of you who love Mexico Restaurant in Huntingtown, the standing-room-only hot spot for delicious food and cool Margaritas, will soon have a new location to enjoy.

The avocado green Plaza Mexico, at 7th and Bay Avenues in North Beach, just steps from the boardwalk, is expected to open before the end of the year.

Freddy Murillo, who runs the place, says the menu will be a lot like their first Calvert location, but you can expect some differences and new dishes, too.

Although there will be comfortable booths throughout, just like in Huntingtown, there’s a much larger bar area in the building in North Beach that for years housed Thursday’s Bar & Grill. And, Freddy says, this new restaurant will be decorated differently as well, with the walls covered in beautiful murals.

It was just five years ago that Mexico opened in Huntingtown and quickly became a local favorite. It is one of more than a dozen Mexico Restaurants operated by Eldrado Martinez and family in Maryland and Virginia. Freddy is a cousin, and at the same time he’s opening Plaza Mexico in North Beach, he’s opening another restaurant in Howard County. Even though he’s still just in his 20’s, Freddy knows the restaurant business inside and out, and runs a very tight ship.

“I came to the United States when I was 15 with my Green Card from Guadalajara, in the Mexican state of Jalisco,” Freddy says. There’s a large a map of Mexico on the wall in the bar at the Huntingtown restaurant, with the towns the employees are from circled. “We had family in Sacramento (California), so I went to high school there my first year. Then my family and I drove from California to Virginia where my grandparents lived. I remember that was a really, really long drive. Then I finished high school in Virginia.”

The family was already operating several successful restaurants in the metro area. They then opened one in Waldorf, where Freddy learned the family business. A few years later, he was ready to manage one of his own.

Freddy explains, “We were looking for another location, so we came out here and liked it. So we started the new Mexico Restaurant in Huntingtown and opened September 1, 2006.”

“We have six relatives working here (in Huntingtown) and a staff of 14. It’s a lot of work,” Freddy adds. “We have a shift come in about 9:00 a.m. and start cooking. We make all the tortilla chips, salsa, guacamole, the Margaritas – we make eight to nine big buckets of Margaritas a day! Then we cut the meat, the steak, the chicken, and prep the vegetables we’ll need for the day, every morning. We use only fresh ingredients, you can tell. Everything we have on the menu is made fresh from our special recipes that are from Guadalajara.”

So what’s most authentic? If you’ve never been to Mexico, what does Freddy suggest you try?

“I really like our Fajitas, our California Burritos, Enchiladas, and our Carnitas, which are a pork dish,” he says. Their jumbo frozen Margaritas, with or without sea salt on the rim, are made with their own secret recipe as well. The Fajitas come to your table on those sizzling platters that make all heads turn to see what you’re getting!

Fast forward to this year, and watch our Chesapeake Current for the date when the new restaurant will be ready top open in North Beach.

Mexico in Huntingtown hosts Happy Hour every day from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., which is a great time to taste one of their specialty beers imported from Mexico.
The restaurant opens at 11:00 a.m. seven days a week for lunch. Monday through Thursday they close at 10:00 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 11:00 p.m. and Sundays they’re open until 9:30 p.m.

See you in Mexico, amigos!

Plaza Mexico
9200 Bay Avenue
North Beach, MD 20714
Coming December 2012!

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