|Tacos at Linsy's Store|
Linsy's Store in Catonsville is a casual Mexican restaurant where the tacos match anything around here. Evan Brown of Portalli's gave me a gift when he told me that the guys who work in his kitchen swear by Linsy's when they want Mexican food. Now, I can share the gift with you.
These are ideal tacos. Soft, pliable tortillas with corn flavor. Savory meats -- a little char to the barbacoa and a nice grill on the chicken. Then talented fresh toppings -- cilantro for flavor, a cooked green onion and sliced radish for crunch, and a fiery green salsa to squirt on yourself.
Linsy's sits on Rte 40 in Catonsville. Until Evan, I had driven past dozens of times coming home from H Mart. The market is hidden behind a Popeye's franchise. The restaurant is hidden in the back of the store.
You need to search the place out if you like R&R Taqueria in Jessup or Tere's Latin Market in Ellicott City. I love both those places, and Linsey's are just as delicious. Different kitchens. Different meats and garnishes. But this was a perfect lunch of two tacos and horchata that they ladled from a pitcher into my cup.
You can't beat fresh tacos. The flavors pop off the plate. The salsa alone would have made the meal. They have basic chicken, beef and pork tacos, although they didn't have pork when I visited. The Spanish menu also lists tongue and options that translate into "ear" and "assorted." I can't recommend this enough. Even if you don't love this as much as I do, you can eat for $10.
Linsy's offered a full Mexican menu with counter service. They had a range of dishes from small tacos or tostadas to full meals like grilled pork, seafood soup, enchiladas, or al pastor shrimp. They do breakfast. I ate lunch on a Sunday, and the six tables were full of kids and families.
While you're at Linsy's for tacos, check out the other business nearby. Patel Brothers is an Indian grocery with vegetables, rices, spices, and other Indian items. Next door is Paradise Biryani Pointe, which I added to my "to do list. Biryani is an Indian rice dish, and the menu has a bunch of dishes that are new to me.
Linsy's Store, Restaurant & Deli
6400 Baltimore National Pike (Rte 40)
NEAR: This is Catonsville, but it's a reasonable drive from Ellicott City -- and great fun if you pair eating tacos with shopping at H Mart or Lotte. Linsy's is on the north side of Rte 40 just west of Rolling Road, but you can't see it from the road because it is blocked by a Popeye's. Turn right from west-bound Rte 40 after the Popeye's, and your car will be aimed at Linsy's as you drive into the parking area.