The friendly, tattooed waitress who served us our breakfast and The Most Amazing Cinnamon Roll Ever at Blue Moon Cafe today encouraged us to return Friday, April 18 or Monday, April 21 for a taping of the Food Network series “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.” While I’m happy for Blue Moon — the media attention is most deserved — I am certain that the exposure will mean even longer weekend lines. Such are the compromises when it comes to greatness. It might be time to get The Most Amazing Cinnamon Roll Ever to go.


Life is too short to eat bad Mexican or Tex-Mex food. I had my first encounter with Holy Frijoles in Hampden over the weekend. This is one of those places that can get away with serving so-so-bordering-on-crappy food because it has hipster cred and a festive atmosphere. But even the atmosphere isn’t that visually interesting. Plus, the food is inexpensive but in no way cheap. My heaping helping of refried beans had a lot of heat thanks to a dousing of chili powder, but very little taste dimension. If I go back it will be for drinks at the bar and a serving of chips and salsa. The salsa is very garlicky, which I love.

I do have a place to recommend for (divey) atmosphere, great prices, and, most importantly, tasty food: El Taquito Mexicano, 1744 Eastern Ave., in Fells Point. The mole sauce was delicious. I’m looking forward to going back there and also trying a number of other Central American restaurants in the neighborhood.