Bottom line During dinner, we realized that most of the other customers were regulars. That's no surprise: between Lopez's sparkling personality and the kitchen's skill, Fiesta Mexicana should be packed every night of the week.

Fiesta Mexicana

Backstory: Federico and Maria Lopez opened Fiesta Mexicana in Rosedale in 2007. Since then, they've been serving the authentic food of their hometown, Mexico City, in a low-key, friendly atmosphere.

Parking: Lot in front

Signature dish: The paquet sampler includes a cross-section of Fiesta Mexicana's dishes: enchiladas, quesadillas, tacos, flautas and sopes. Let the kitchen pick the fillings for a variety of savory and spicy flavors, topped by fresh vegetables, queso fresco and crema.

Where: 8304 Philadelphia Road, Rosedale, MD 21237

Contact: 410-686-0134

Open: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily

Credit Cards: All major

Rating: 3 stars

Reservations: Not accepted, but calls to check seat availability are welcome

[Key: Superlative: 5 stars; Excellent: 4 stars; Very Good: 3 stars; Good: 2 stars; Promising: 1 star]