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Lora's Fireside

1636 E. Lombard St., (410) 276-1675

Photo: Tim Hill, License: N/A, Created: 2010:10:17 12:48:19

Tim Hill


This takeout joint across Lombard Street from the Broadway 7-Eleven serves up a good cross section of Central American staples. The ambiance is humble at best, and the bored young woman who took our order seemed to hear only the last item we mentioned, but the more experienced woman who prepared and cooked our food made everything all right with quick turnaround, a friendly manner, and, best of all, fresh ingredients. We sampled some basics that would survive a trip home: a cheese papusa and a pork papusa ($2 each), a chicken tamale ($2), a baleada ($5.50), and one chicken and two beef tacos ($6). Mostly high marks. The baleada with egg, cheese, refried beans, and avocado folded into a tortilla was excellent; the papusas with red cabbage were as good as any we’ve eaten; and the tamale was flavorful and moist, with peas and chunks of potato mixed in. The chicken and beef tacos, however, were just OK. Lora’s Fireside is tasty and cheap, and earns extra points for a nice selection of Mexican and Central American sodas (including, yes, Mexican Coke).

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