Last night, Kate treated me to Azul 17, a higher-end Mexican restaurant in Howard County. We had a good time and were particularly impressed by our helpful waiter, who when asked gave advice on a variety of matters and made up the guacamole we ordered as an appetizer. That is actually one of the gimmicks the restaurant is known for; it was indeed fresh and tasty although I think the price is primarily justified by the chance to see it made up. The process didn't seem that hard if you have the right ingredients, so perhaps I'll give it a try someday.
The menu we ordered off is more extensive than the one online, but roughly Kate had a seafood casserole with shrimp, clams, snapper, and scallops in a tomato broth. We both found the red snapper to be particularly exceptional and I loved the rice. I'd ordered an enchilada with mushrooms and huitlacoche. The latter is also known as corn smut, but tastes far better than it sounds. Kate says if you are already eating mushrooms, what's one more fungus? She's right, the disparate elements of the enchilada made a great light vegetarian dish and the leftovers were terrific today.
Finally we had a flight of tequila. That was reasonably fun; the more whiskey-esque variants seem to be our speed. That said, I don't think either of us feel the need to make a habit of it. As Azul 17's tequila specialization suggests, many of the dishes and sauces were quite spicy, including the palette cleanser drink. We got by all right, so if you're a spice fiend you may wish to check it out and if you are not be sure that you've got some tamer dishes in the mix.
Source: Picked by Kate when she saw a LivingSocial deal. Thanks, Kate!