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"Azul 17 Mexican Cuisine & Tequila Lounge brilliantly personifies the restaurant-lounge concept with its sophisticated offering & modern design. The contemporary décor is complete with iridescent ocean blue tiles adorning the walls & sleek white leather lounge seating areas which create a cool and inviting atmosphere, reminiscent of hot spots found in South Beach.
We are very excited about bringing a refreshing vibe and dining experience to the area which we feel will allow our clients to relax, enjoy themselves and just escape for awhile without the need to catch a flight or travel into the city.
Of course, this cosmopolitan lounge would not be complete without the sensual sounds of downtempo-midtempo grooves to set the mood. Bring an open mind as our resident & guest DJ’s provide an eclectic mix of musical flavors that will move your mind, body & soul.
Azul 17 specializes in contemporary authentic Mexican cuisine which essentially means that our recipes are made from scratch staying true to the authentic flavors of Mexico and our Executive Chef, Damian Portuguez, prepares dishes using the latest culinary techniques. We are proud of our vibrant menu and guarantee that you will find many unique Mexican dishes at Azul 17 that you will not find at your garden variety tex-mex restaurant. Some of the contemporary cuisine you will find on the menu include a variety of tableside prepared guacamoles, sushi grade ceviches (citrus marinated seafood cocktails) and delectable small plates served family style. They are complimented by the authentic flavors and original recipes that Chef Damian learned from his grandmother in Mexico. Just like you would find in his grandmothers kitchen our empanadas, tamales, hand-pressed mini tortillas and desserts are made fresh daily in house.
Why Azul 17? “Azul” in English means “blue” which is the color of the Agave plant, the main source of Tequila and “17” is the owner’s life-long lucky number. Azul 17 is the vision of Owner, Julio Soto, a Cuban American and his wife, Lily Soto, who is from the tequila region of Jalisco, Mexico. Their vision has come to life as they incorporate their appreciation for culture and exceptional tastes in food, tequila, fine wines, design and music to create the ultimate dining destination. As true entrepreneurs this is not their first business venture however it is their first personally owned restaurant. For the past 10 years Julio & Lily have worked with other Mexican restaurants to gain experience and prepare for the opening of their own restaurant. They have owned a country western apparel store and still operate Lily's Latin Market on Dobbin Road in Columbia. They have always prided themselves in only using the freshest ingredients and quality products. The Soto's look forward to exposing and educating their guests about the cultivating and distilling of their collection of over 100 premium tequilas. You will find the number "17" throughout our offering, starting with our 17 fresh hand squeezed margaritas & international cocktails. Julio & Lily understand the importance of quality and that is why the Azul 17 Traditional Margarita is guaranteed to be the best in town because we use premium silver tequila, fresh hand squeezed lime juice and organic agave nectar! We also feature an eclectic wine list that has been hand selected by Owner, Julio, to pair beautifully with our cuisine.
As small business owners they are excited to finally provide a new hot spot in their community for dining, dancing, nightlife and a great ambiance for families & business professionals alike. The Azul 17 team of passionate professionals is dedicated to consistently providing our guests with superior service and a memorable experience that will only leave you yearning for more!
Mexican Cuisine our specialty, Tequila Lounge our distinction.
When a restaurant offers more than 100 kinds of tequila, its menu can be somewhat beside the point. Like, really, who cares? Blue Agave, however, tries hard to serve highly authentic Mexican food and generally succeeds. Simpler dishes like burritos de carne asada, pork carnitas, and quesadillas are what the kitchen does best; sometimes the more exotic dishes get a little muddled, like maybe the cooks have unfettered access to the tequila. Surprisingly, desserts are terrific. Mexican cuisine isn't renowned for its sweet endings, but Blue Agave's house-made tres leches cake and flan of the day are outstanding.
Centro offers a variety of Spanish and South American tapas dishes. Extensive list of wine, sherry and port from Spain and South America.
"Excellent Peruvian charboiled chicken and other Peruvian dishes."
Ah, El Salto, from tapas and chile rellenos to enchiladas and tacos, you can rarely go wrong at this yummy, cheap Mexican restaurant. With locations in Parkville and Brooklyn Park, El Salto is often overlooked, but never by those who eat there. Comfortable atmosphere, and terrific flan--either one is worth a visit or two.
In the mood for authentic Mexican cuisine for only a few tamales? Stop by El Taquito, a quaint Fells Point restaurant where Mexico's colors fly proudly. Start the night off right with the chips with salsa and guacamole, followed by a choice of traditional burritos, fajitas, tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, or a variety of specials that are served with rice, beans, and tortillas. Most entrées are your choice of beef, chicken, pork, or beans and cheese. For you (very) brave souls, they offer lamb, beef tongue, and rabbit to fill your tortillas. You won't need many greenbacks, but they don't take the plastic.
The first Salvadoran restaurant along the Broadway strip to openly court a gringo clientele, this white-tablecloth spot is more inviting and finished looking than its ramshackle Spanish Town precursors. The food served is very similar, though--groaning servings of plain, simple, modestly spiced food. The value-priced combination platters are artless concoctions of dense papusas, endless refried beans, yummy tamales, fried plantains, and marinated beef. Seafood selections from the mesquite grill help to raise up the fare. Restaurante El Trovador is the place to take newcomers to try this starchy, satisfying cuisine.
Holy Frijoles' simple but substantial Mexican fare is addictive. We don't know what it does to those refried beans, but if we don't have them on a regular basis we get the shakes. Grab one of its huge burritos or chimichangas, offered with a variety of meat and veggie fillings, and you'll see what we mean--once you've gotten over that so-full-you-can-barely-breathe feeling. Frijoles is also known for its inventive alcoholic beverages. Try the Cucumber Margarita, the Tilted Windmill, or the Frijolejito. You won't be sorry.
This sunny, family-run storefront Ecuadoran restaurant serves up hilariously mammoth portions of authentic cuisine. Brace yourself for the churrasco, long, flat cuts of marinated skirt steak, served with avocado, white rice, two fried eggs, chopped tomatoes, and steak-cut french fries; or the fritada, tender-roasted pork served with plantains and hominy. Order anything with La Cazuela's righteous chimichurri sauce; consider the cheese-stuffed plantain appetizer; or, for something really different, the dark, briny, souplike ceviche. BYOB.
La Sirenita offers traditional Mexican on the cheap with no thrills. The dining area is tight alongside a busy, open kitchen and a soda case with plenty of authentic flavors in glass bottles, including Sangría without the alcohol. Huge bowls of soup (shrimp or beef tripe or hominy with pork or fish) come with a platter of hard corn tortillas and veggie garnishes, and at just around a ten-spot, they make for a hearty meal. A list of beef and chicken specials includes fried quail; all specials are served with yummy refried pintos and corny yellow rice, as are the spicy enchiladas with red or green sauce, chile rellenos, and chilaquiles. Seafood also plays a role on the menu--La Sirenita means mermaid--with ceviche, oysters, grilled shrimp, and fried fish. The à la carte burritos and simple tacos with fresh parsley, chopped white onion, and flavorful meats make for a nice lunch, as do the large meat-filled sandwiches. They promise a BYOB license soon, so until then, save the Coronas with lime for before and after.
"Solo nylon string guitarist. Specializes in Latin and ethnic music. Repertoire contains some classical standards by Bach, Tarrega, Albeniz, Granados, and De Falla"
"A conglomerate of free form Baltimore/DC musicians that mixes Dub, Reggae, Funk, Acid Jazz, Trip Hop, Psychedelic, Breakbeat, Ska, Punk, Neo Soul, Afrobeat."
Founded in the spring of 2000, the Baltimore Brass consists of five musicians with diverse musical backgrounds. As active performers and music educators, the Baltimore Brass is dedicated to promoting and perpetuating the role of brass instruments in the context of chamber music.The Baltimore Brass encourages the recognition of the versatility of the brass quintet by performing a variety of compositional genres from the works of J.S. Bach through Duke Ellington and Eric Ewazen. They also perform their own original compositions.
"Mainstream and Latin jazz quartet offers a veritable paella of sound and rhythm. Award-winning originals and stand-out arrangements of the great standards. 'With her exotic sensual tones Ms. Marten can get across what most feel but rarely admit.'"
"Hoppy Hopkins ("Rudy") is the percussionist and front-man. Rudy's frenetic energy and stylish outfits have drawn the crowds as much as his unique drumming style. Other founding member Robert Friedman ("Vito") prefers to stay in the background playing keyboard and guitar. His haunting compositions featuring bluesy guitar stylings have added passion to the Mambo sound. Steve Bloom ("Bungy") brings authentic Cuban and African rhythms to the band. Steve has traveled to Havana and the Ivory Coast to study these and other beats. Didier Prossaird ("Doo-Wah") hails from France by way of St. Barths and brings an impassioned virtuosity and deep understanding of Caribbean and Latin grooves. Completing this five-piece ensemble is Larry Melton ("Akimbo"). Years of playing in many bands on both coasts have honed his unique fretless- and Jazz-bass style."
"Praised by critics for her trademark 'lush vocals,' and her 'velvet embrace' of the music (BVS Reviews, allaboutjazz.com), jazz vocalist Sara Jones beguiles and charms her listeners at every performance. The first place winner of the 2004 Billie Holiday Vocal Competition, and semi-finalist in the 2009 American Traditions Competition, Sara has toured nearly all 50 states and performed in numerous concert halls across the country. She is releasing her debut CD with Brazilian Jazz ensemble Trio da Paz in 2010.
"Sara has performed as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, and Ravinia Festival Orchestra, under the batons of Emil de Cou and Erich Kunzel. An additional highlight includes a solo performance on the Esplanade with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra. In the local Baltimore/Washington area, Sara was a featured vocalist with the Jazz Ambassadors and has graced the stages of the Hippodrome Theater, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts."
"Brazz-jazz-latin improv quartet takes on standards (Jobim, Lenine, Gillespie..)
Sonya Vallet (vc), BumbleBee Davies (ky), Leonardo Lucini (bs), and Names Thompson (dr)"
"Performs swing, Latin, blues, ballads and jazz standards...as a duo (guitar/vocal and sax), trio (with bass), quartet (with drums) or quintet (with flute)." (in the band's own words)
"This eclectic band of writers/arrangers/musicians come from backgrounds that, together, constitutes an amalgam of musical styles & genres from r&b to neo-soul, to hip-hop to jazz to funk and beyond - all resulting in a fresh, new and interesting sound."
"Piano, Bass and Drums trio playing Bossa Nova and Samba classics along with Brazilanized versions of RnB, Reggae, Jazz and Pop songs. Even if you're not hip to Brazilian music, you will like this."
"The Swingin' Swamis perform an eclectic set of jazz and world rhythms. From 1930's jazz to 1970's funk and everything in between, it is the band's goal to present to listeners a wide range of popular as well as lesser-known music."
"Five-peice Contemporary Jazz group featuring the vocal styling of Victoria Purcell with all it's memeber coming from a diverse musical backround including Four Play, Spyro Gyra, Grover Washington,Joe Sample, Earth Wind and Fire,Chaka Khan, Bonnie Rate,Jill Scott,Olita Adams, Anita Baker and the list go's on. Traditional and Contempoary Jazz, Neo Soul, and R&B influenced heavily by last 30 years of popular music."
The Black Eyed Susan authentic Mississippi river boat hosts a murder mystery and dinner cruise, with a different mystery with each cruise.
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