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Sometimes you want a really good sandwich--maybe some really good ham or turkey that you can't buy even at your local deli, stuck between slices of homemade bread, and slathered with some just-right condiment you don't have. Or maybe some steaming, flavorful homemade soup that you don't wanna spend hours making. Thankfully, there's Ned Atwater's thriving, friendly gourmet lunch counter in Govans' Belvedere Square. Problem solved.
"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.
B is one of those neighborhood restaurants that feels like a well-kept secret even though it's been around for years. The ever-changing array of homemade ravioli and seasonal fare impresses.
"25 years of great seafood in the heart of Pikesville. Enjoy Baltimore's Best Crab Cakes (City Paper 2000) and ribs in our casual, non-smoking dinging room. Relax with a burger and beer in the seperate bar. Dining room features a varied menu and daily special from our experienced cooks. Dinner menu is available in the bar, along with a big-screen TV, special bar menu and happy hour 3-6 pm Tues-Fri and noon-6pm Saturday and Sunday. Everything but the Shell!"
Live Music Wednesdays-Saturdays, International Sunday Brunch $15, bar and dance floor, and
This bright, bustling storefront seems to do a healthy lunch trade from local offices, and it's easy to see why: a solid sampling of soups, salads, and sandwiches, all executed a cut above the usual noontime fare. Dinner is takeout only.
With more than 100 items to choose from, the cold and hot bars offer a wide variety of dishes from Italian to Chinese to American, suiting vegetarians and meatlovers alike. Wide selection of hot and cold sandwiches from our deli menu, featuring Boar's Head products.
"Our Cafe has a broad menu which starts with cappucinos, great coffee and pastries, includes scrumptious egg sandwiches, and bagels with cream cheese. Then for lunch you will discover fabulous homemade soups, vegetarian and organic items (from One Straw Farm). We also serve catered platters delivered as early at 7 a.m. We are locally owned and operated, and proud to be part of Baltimores' eclectic cityscape."
"This Euro-style neighborhood cafe serves the business and court crowd by day, and is a full-blown restaurant at night. Featuring seafood, paninis, vegetarian and sweets. During the live music in the evenings, you can find the local college students and the nearby residents using the wifi, dining with a date on the deck, and of course french pressing their coffee."
Super-deluxe crab shack on the water, family run and the quality of the food is noticeable in every dish.
This coffeehouse/cafe near Campden Yards caters to both two- and four-legged customers. The spot's wi-fi wired and offers muffins, bagels, pasties, cookies, cakes and coffee by the pound, in addition to hot and cold beverages.
Two different dining rooms housed in a boat structured building offer an eclectic variety of food. One space features a diner atmosphere while the other requires appropriate dress and the menu items are more pricey.
Captain Larry's serves up their famous Crab cakes, fish sandwiches, conch fritters, burgers, tacos, and other pub fare at reasonable prices making this cash-only joint with a nautical theme a must-stop along Fort Avenue. The daily specials--like a pound of shrimp and a pitcher of domestic beer for $13 on Thursdays--are even easier on the wallet.
Casual waterfront restaurant specializing in delicious housemade American dishes, seafood, steaks, burgers, and more. Beautiful sunsets all year round. Cozy fireplace in the main dining room. Come by boat in the summer and sit on our deck directly on Dark Head Creek. Both adults and kids enjoy feeding our mallard and mandarin ducks. Brunch will be available starting Spring 2006.
A work-in-progress worth watching. The kitchen here can soar: A pistachio-encrusted rack of lamb is stellar, as is a poblano-encrusted chicken breast. If you had a magic wand, though, you'd do something about the general ambiance, which was a bit stiff when we last visited. The cool-cat downstairs bar has caught on and may buoy up the dining potential.
Centro offers a variety of Spanish and South American tapas dishes. Extensive list of wine, sherry and port from Spain and South America.
"Outstanding Sushi, Japanese, Thai and Asian Cafe in Columbia area. Fine dinning room offer cold, warm, hot sake and beer, wine, liquor. The daily chef special running thr the dinning room in addition of happy hour buy one get one free liquor drink offer. I would say it's a nice plcae to try out."
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