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La Tolteca, Best Mexican and Best Value

Chicken and steak fajitas at La Tolteca. La Tolteca was voted best Mexican food in Harford Magazine's Best of Dining contest.
Chicken and steak fajitas at La Tolteca. La Tolteca was voted best Mexican food in Harford Magazine's Best of Dining contest. (Patrick Smith / Baltimore Sun)

“I have been eating my family’s food since I’ve had taste buds, and I still haven’t gotten close to getting tired of it,” says Alfonso Martinez. His family owns La Tolteca, a small, local chain of Mexican restaurants that includes an uberpopular location in Bel Air. 

The restaurant has been a local favorite for years, with some diners coming in for multiple meals each week. Martinez credits his family’s commitment to using the freshest ingredients available, great recipes handed down from generation to generation, and a constant quest to improve. 
Like many La Tolteca customers, Martinez can’t get enough of his family’s fajitas, even as the street tacos — new on the menu — have gained popularity. 
“But the fajitas still edge [the tacos] out,” says Martinez. “There is nothing like hearing that sizzle and seeing that smoke.”

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