Mexican restaurant ‘Taco Mama Cantina’ arrives at Anthem House in Locust Point

Mexican restaurant Taco Mama Cantina opens in the former Jazz & Soju space at 900 E. Fort Ave. at Anthem House in Locust Point. Taco Mama is a concept spun off from the owners of Taco Daddy Cantina in Frederick and Taco Bravo in Timonium.

Neel Kamal is the managing partner of the restaurant group which also owns Brews & Barrels in Gaithersburg and Royal Tandoor in Gaithersburg and Frederick.

Kamal is an Indian chef who worked in Indian restaurants in India, Singapore, Europe and Australia before moving to Maryland to work at the Bombay Grill in Mount Vernon. He befriended Mexican-town native chef Damian Portugez and the two began opening Mexican restaurants together.

Salvadoran chef Mauricio Guevara will lead the kitchen at Taco Mama.

Kamal said he was approached by Anthem House because the rental team knew Taco Bravo well. Kamal likes the location as he says it’s upscale with lots of accommodation nearby.

Taco Mama will have a traditional Mexican menu, but Kamal said there will be specialties to incorporate Indian and Salvadoran cuisine like chicken tikka tacos, tandoori chicken, chicken curry tacos and pupusas.

Taco Mama’s menu will include tacos, nachos, burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas, bowls and fajitas. Meats and proteins will include chicken, carne asada, pork al pastor, lamb, prawns and vegetables with mushrooms.

The bar will offer a wide selection of tequilas, margaritas, sangria and Mexican beers, as well as additional Mexican drinks.

Kamal said the interior of the 2,310 square foot space will have a funky vibe with colors such as yellow, green and pink. The owners are currently waiting for furniture to arrive from Mexico.

Kamal said they were looking to create a fun, family atmosphere with mariachi bands.

Taco Mama will be open for lunch and dinner as well as weekend brunch. It will also offer happy hour specials.

Taco Mama hopes to open in late May or early June.

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