Local Cafe Bueno Brings Authentic Mexican to Frederick


Alyssa Husband, Contributor

Looking for authentic Mexican food in the heart of Frederick? Cafe Bueno, located on E 4th St in Downtown Frederick, serves plates of traditional Mexican cuisine that is full of flavor. It is sure to cure your craving for a spicy, vibrant meal and will not leave you with any type of stomach pain or gurgling, like well-known Taco Bell. Cafe Bueno is a family owned and operated small business that will deliver you the most authentic Mexican food there is in Frederick.

In terms of their menu, Cafe Bueno serves a variety of fajitas, burritos, tortas (a Telera roll grilled with mayo and topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, jalapeño, queso fresco, and avocado), tacos, all-day Mexican breakfast, and quesadillas. Their tortilla chips, salsa verde, and salsa roja hot are all freshly made in-house daily with traditional Mexican ingredients. They feature other Mexican specialties such as tamales, sopes, huaraches, carne asada, and chile rellenos that are served with your choice of beans and rice. For starters, my personal favorite appetizer is their chips and queso plate, which includes warm, crunchy tortilla chips served with a creamy but mild queso that comes out warm as well. Entrée wise, a simple go-to dish is the American tacos, which are perfect for kids or more picky eaters. They can be served either soft flour tortilla or crunchy, and come with lettuce, tomato, cheese, and sour cream with your choice of meat: steak, chicken, spicy pork, chicken and chorizo, or steak and chorizo. Senior Hillary Hohl mentions that her favorite part about Mexican food is that “It gives [her] a chance to experience someone else’s culture,” which is what customers get each time they eat at Cafe Bueno.

Aside from the fresh, flavorful food, the customer service is excellent as well. Immediately as customers walk through the door, they are greeted and led to their table, where they will find that the booths are vibrantly decorated to showcase Mexican lifestyles and traditions. Throughout the restaurant, bright colors of red, yellow, and green are decorated to celebrate the family’s heritage and to promote diversity within the Frederick community. 

If you’re ever looking for an affordable, delicious, and overall amazing small business restaurant to try, turn your attention to Cafe Bueno. From the authentic Mexican food to the excellent customer service and the central location near Downtown Frederick, it encompasses everything that a customer could want in a restaurant. After all, the name Cafe ‘Bueno’ does serve true.