Diego's

Mexican, Tex-Mex
$$$$ ($14 and under)
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Editorial Review

Severna Park can boast of the best California-style Mexican food in the area at a little carryout/restaurant on Governor Ritchie Highway, and it's all because of the Naval Academy. When Andre Testman Jr. came east to enter the academy, his mother, Laura Allen - former owner of an award-winning salsa company in San Diego - followed, along with other family members, and opened Diego's. The entire menu is made fresh daily. Diego's has all the favorites - tacos served authentic Mexican-style on steamed white corn tortillas, burritos, quesadillas, tamales, chile rellenos, even fish tacos. The carnitas are dearest to my heart, simply because they are the best around. Topping off everything is the salsa bar, with mild to hot, tomato-based and tomatilla-based selections, along with hot pickled carrots, jalapeƱos and chopped cilantro. Don't skip the guacamole; it's buttery good, especially with the homemade chips.

--Nancy Lewis, The Guide, April 26, 2007