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Fajita Coast: An alternative to fast food

by Mary Donahue, Online Managing Features Editor
The Four Corners area does not offer students much more than fast food and one or two small sit down restaurants. However, Fajita Coast, located where the old seafood restaurant Fred and Harry's used to be, is a sit down restaurant with fresh and appetizing lunch and dinner options.

Fajita Coast offers a combination of the owner's native Cuban cuisine and more typical
"Tex-Mex" food. The minimal decorations, which include a large Texas flag hanging behind the full bar and a mural of a beach painted on a back wall, emphasizes the openness of the restaurant, which is much more spacious than it appears to be from the outside.

A waiter with a warm smile and a basket of complimentary tortilla chips greets customers shortly after they sit down. The wait for ordering isn't long, but the chips are so good that you will be sorely tempted to ask if your basket can be replenished (which, luckily, it can).

Fajita Coast has a wide selection of the popular tacos and enchiladas, but the salads should not be overlooked as entrees are the salads. The Carlos salad combines fresh corn and black beans with tender marinated chicken, baby lettuce and spinach and is tossed in a delicious peanut dressing. The freshness of the ingredients truly sets this restaurant's salads apart.

The grill provides a perfect option for the carnivore's dream date: fajitas al carbon for one or two. Customers can choose one or a combination of succulent, charcoal grilled steak and chicken with fresh flour tortillas. If it's offered as a special, make sure to order the herb-marinated steak, which was described by a dining companion as, "the best steak I've ever had."

For those who can't decide what to order, Fajita Coast offers "Combinaciones Mexicanas." Priced at a conservative $8.95, this selection features multiple combinations of the restaurant's more traditional dishes, such as enchiladas, tacos and tamales.

For $10.95 customers can also enjoy chiles rellenos, two large, crisp poblano peppers stuffed with cheese or ground beef. Unfortunately, the batter tends to be thick and heavy and overpowers the tender peppers and mild cheese. Additionally, quesadillas offered at Fajita Coast should be skipped; the lukewarm cheese arrives congealed between two dry tortillas.

Most meals at the Fajita Coast are accompanied by Mexican rice, which is so delicious it is worth ordering la carte. The seasonings provide an intense flavor and the vegetables incorporated into it complement the al dente texture of the rice. The meals also come with frijoles a la charra, pinto beans slowly cooked with bacon.

If possible, save room for dessert. An especially good choice is the sinfully luscious Cajeta, which consists of vanilla ice cream rolled in toasted coconut and topped with a homemade milky caramel sauce, more commonly known as dulce de leche. Though a pricey $5.25, the dish is large enough to share.

Best of all, the Fajita Coast provides something more than fast food for the Blair community. It's a great place for students, and teachers, to gather and enjoy some really good Cuban and
Tex-mex food.

Fajita Coast is located at 10110 Colesville Road Silver Spring, MD 20901-2425. To contact Fajita Coast call 301- 593-0015. Prices range from $6.95 to $16.50 for entrees. Parking available in the rear.




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  • Stan (View Email) on September 21, 2006 at 1:55 PM
    Fajita Coast sits conveniently on Colesville Road at University Blvd (Four Corners). There is free parking in the rear. The restaurant is owned and operated by "JJ", the former longtime manager of the popular Cactus Cantina Restaurant.

    The food served at this restaurant is all the favorite Tex-Mex foods you desire. Start off with a great blend of tasty salsa, or enjoy chile con-queso.

    They have every drink you would want on the menu. Their margaritas and mojitos are perfection.

    This place is definitely the best hidden secret in Silver Spring.

    You are greeted with a smile from the staff, and you leave with a smile.

    Two thumbs up, and four stars!
  • edgar (View Email) on February 20, 2007 at 3:51 PM
    I'm so glad that the old fred and harry's is now fajita coast. The Food is great and the staff really friendly. F&H was overpriced and outdated. i should know, I used to work there. Stop by FC for the best Tex-mex in the area.
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