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Best New Restaurant

Holy Frijoles

908 36th St., 235-2326

Posted 9/18/1996

This former Little Tavern in Hampden hit the ground running; lines were stretching out the front door within its first week. Not a hard thing to do when you can only seat about 30 diners at any given time, but now, three months later, those lines are still forming.

Mexican food is pretty slim pickings in Baltimore, and as Menckenites and Nacho Mama’s diehards defect Hampdenward, Holy Frijoles is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with among Baltimore’s Mexican eatery elite. The beans—both black and refried—are among Baltimore’s best, as are the salsa, burritos, and grilled-vegetable quesadillas. With its largely noncarnivorous menu and muy cheap prices, it’s also luring vegetarians and plain old hungry, tight-fisted schmoes in droves.

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Other Awards for Best New Restaurant:

Mekong Delta, 9/16/2009

Woodberry Kitchen, 9/17/2008

Rocket to Venus, 9/19/2007

Salt, 9/20/2006

Pazo, 9/21/2005

Soo’s Kimchee House, 9/22/2004

Kali's Court Mezze, 9/17/2003

Chameleon Café, 9/18/2002

Blue Agave Restaurante y Tequileria, 9/19/2001

The Bicycle, 9/13/2000

Atlantic, 9/15/1999

All Awards for Holy Frijoles:

Best Scenester Bar, 9/21/2005

Best Cheap Restaurant, 9/17/2003

Best Latino Restaurant, 9/17/1997

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