**This post not sponsored and these are all my own opinions.
One thing that I live for is going out to eat, and because I don’t get a chance to go out often I tend to stalk new restaurants whose menus sound yummy! This past Mother’s Day I finally got a chance to visit La Food Marketa and the wait was worth it.
Located in Quarry Lake at Greenspring, La Food Marketa is actually a spinoff of The Food Market which is located in Hampden. Instead of offering comfort food with a modern twist like The Food Market, La Food Marketa features Latin food with Baltimore influences. The atmosphere is very relaxed and the staff is super friendly. There’s also outside seating on a lovely patio area which is probably perfection on warmer days and nights.
Artwork for sale by Joel Cohen
We had reservations for 4 PM but dinner service actually starts at 5 PM so it was not super crowded. I was relieved to find out that they have a kiddie menu and Deacon loved his cheese quesadillas! Other options on the kiddie menu include: chicken quesadillas, chicken or steak tacos, lil steak, and the parent rescuer chicken tenders. These items were between $5-7 dollars.
My son was trying to draw on my husband’s face
I ordered two appetizers for the table, Crab Dip Empanada and Brazilian Shrimp… I LOVED the Brazilian Shrimp… ! You get a handful of shrimp in a yummy savory sweet sauce and a square of crispy rice. The rice is my favorite! Next up, the Crab Dip Empanada was interesting. It’s basically an empanada (pastry) filled with crab dip. Honestly, it was good but it could have been better and it wouldn’t hurt to throw in a third empanada.
Brazilian Shrimp… $13
Crab Dip Empanada $11
For the entrees we ordered Baltimore Club Tacos, Los Tacos with Shrimp, and Roasted Chicken. I had the Baltimore Club Tacos which is a traditional taco with a Baltimore twist. It comes with all the usual taco fixings except you get crab balls and shrimp salad. I actually ordered my fixings on the side and they ended up putting everything on the side but you only get two tacos! Again….I would have loved a third, especially for the price.
My mom ordered the Los Tacos with Shrimp which comes with a smorgasbord of fixings and sides including: crumbed cheese, guacamole, beans, mexican cheese, cabbage salad, salsas, Black hot sauce, pico, and crispy rice. For your choice of meat you can choose from lamb barbacoa, charred steak, grilled mahi mahi, turkey chorizo, chopped falafel, or seared shrimp. My mom was happy she got three tacos.
My husband ordered the Roasted Chicken with a lemony garlic honey sauce, whipped potatoes, baby carrots, and crispy onion…or onion rings. He said it was the most tender chicken he has ever had and he is hard to please in the kitchen. This dish is actually part of several other dishes on the menu that are Simply Prepared, for those of you who may not be in the mood for latin flavors.
Baltimore Club Tacos $22
Baltimore Club Tacos fillings, fixings, and side of fries
Los Tacos with Shrimp and fixings $18
Roasted Chicken $22
Dessert was the highlight for me! I was the only one who had room for dessert and I got The Churro. It is exactly what it sounds like, a churro that has been fashioned into a sort of bowl holding chopped strawberries and blueberries with powdered sugar on top and a side of ice cream. The ice cream was rich but super light. Sooooooo yummyyyyy!!!! I would definitely get this again and again and again!
Also, I can’t forget the drinks! This was probably the hardest decision I had to make while visiting La Food Marketa. Everything on the drink menu sounds so good. I really wanted to try like three or four drinks but that would have been a bill all by itself, so I settled for one and oh what a one. My go-to summer drink, the mojito, a strawberry mojito to be exact. It was divinely delicious! Best of all you can order a glass or a pitcher if you have a larger party. I wanted a pitcher all to myself! In fact, it was so good I forgot to take a good picture so sorry in advance.
The Churro $8
Strawberry Mojito $9 and Water
Me and my Mom – Mother’s Day 2017
So if you’re in the area and looking for some fun latin food with Baltimore touches check out La Food Marketa. I will certainly be going back so I can try some more of those dranks!