Thursday, September 30, 2010

Guapo's - Bethesda, MD

The bf and I haven't had Tex Mex (he likes to call it Texican) food in a while, so we decided to check out Guapo's since a friend recommended it. We've seen it many times driving by since it has an entrance on Wisconsin Ave and Woodmont Ave. There is metered street parking on Wisconsin and a metered garage across from the entrance on Woodmont Ave. The closest metro stop is Bethesda on the red line.

The restaurant is LITERALLY part of the Double Tree hotel. See the hotel rooms? You can see the swimming pool and rooms if you enter from Woodmont Ave, which we did. The entrance from Wisconsin Ave looks like a house!

On your way to the main dining room is their sun room area for dining.

This place is huge! You could never tell from the outside. There is another room for the bar area and another whole dining room. The decor is simple but warm.

I love fresh chips and salsa. The homemade salsa is chunkier than most I've tried at other restaurants.

The bf ordered the 'Combination Fajitas (Steak & Chicken with Mexican butter, guacamole, lettuce, pico de gallo, and sour cream)' for $15.95. It was a lot of food! He enjoyed it a lot because the meats were tender and flavorful. He wasn't sure what to do with the Mexican butter, so he didn't use it.

Mexican rice, a la charra beans and tortillas also came with the Combination Fajitas.

I ordered the 'Guapo's Combinations (Beef Enchilada, Chicken Tamal with Mexican rice, refried beans, guacamole, sour cream and pico de gallo)' for $10.95. You could actually see the meat and the sauces weren't too heavy. It was a delicious dish, though I thought the tamal was a bit mushier than I prefer.

We had a good time there as the food came out fast and the staff was nice. We found the food to be tasty, and maybe only a tiny step better than other local Tex-Mex places we've tried because nothing was overly greasy and appeared fresh. Our dinner was at a random hour, hence the empty dining room picture. Plenty of space for large parties of people. For weekday lunch, this location offers AYCE buffet 11:30am-2pm.

8130 Wisconsin Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 656-0888
Guapo's on Urbanspoon


Lizi said...

The Tacos Oaxaquenos are amazing! One thing to note - this place is super child-friendly. It's great if all your friends have started having babies but no so great if you mind screaming kids. Margaritas are also fantastic. Muuuuch better than Uncle Julio's/Austin Grill.

Marie said...

Lizi! Thanks for the suggestion, and you're very right about it being kid friendly because there was a table with sceaming kids near us and it was no biggie =)

Liz said...

I LOVE GUAPOS! this is our go-to spot for us arts managers at AU. There are 2 more-- one in Tenleytown (the one we go to after a long class) and the other in Gaithersburg... Rio? :D

isn't the salsa yummy?

i think Guapos and Lauriol Plaza are related btw... the ownership at least.

Marie said...

Liz! The bf said that was his fav salsa cuz he likes it chunkier. Also I have a friend who loves and raves about Lauriol Plaza, so I didn't know they had the same ownership. I'll have to try that place too.

Victoria D. said...

Thanks for this post. I always pass this place, but have never been. I'm definitely going to go.