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Bites Nearby: Azucar Restaurant Bar and Grill

Each week, Takoma Park Patch picks a great restaurant either in town or nearby that is worth checking out. Here's this week's choice.

Wheaton has delicious restaurant options galore, and Latin American cuisine a plenty. But if you are looking for upscale Salvadorean and Mexican cuisine, Azucar Restaurant Bar and Grill is the place. 

Pull up a chair and order a margarita or a glass of vino from the reasonable but well-chosen wine list. The menu includes an array of Latin dishes. Tex-Mex fajitas, Baja-inspired chimichangas and Cuban-spiced steaks all shine. Mexican classics like chiles rellenos, tacos, and burritos are excellent. The luncheon salads are a super excuse to schedule a mid-day meeting.

Many regulars keep coming back to Azucar specifically for the seafood, citing the catch of the day specials like the shrimp and crabmeat as deliciously crave-worthy. Others (including my carnivore husband) enjoy the Argentinian take on the New York steak.

On weekends, live music and karaoke provide lively entertainment. Call the manager for details if you are the planning type.

14418 Layhill Rd., Aspen Hill, 301-438-3293.

Open Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight.

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