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Best New Restaurant

Blue Agave Restaurante y Tequileria

1032 Light St., (410) 576-3938

Posted 9/19/2001

There's Tex, there's Mex, and there's Blue Agave. This spunky newcomer (well, relative newcomer--it had recently opened at this time last year) sports impressive service, great ambiance that captures the many facets of our neighbor to the south, and a revolving menu that marries the freshness of seasonal produce to the staples of Mexican cuisine. Sip from a veritable survey of ambitious (if pricey) margaritas, or sample a "flight" of tequilas. Savor the dark mole sauces, or the adventurous touches that make familiar dishes new (chili relleno spiced with the pungent herb epazote, sea bass encrusted with plaintains). Eclecticism isn't its own reward, of course, but the Agave's mix-and-match approach produces plenty of hits to offset the occasional misses.

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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

The Bicycle, 9/13/2000

Atlantic, 9/15/1999

Holy Frijoles, 9/18/1996

All Awards for Blue Agave Restaurante y Tequileria:

Best Sangría, 9/19/2007

Best Serious Margarita, 9/17/2003

Best Margarita, 9/18/2002

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