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Bayside Cantina opens in Ocean City on 141st St.

By Kara Hallissey | May 10, 2018
Photo by: Kara Hallissey Phillips Seafood owners, from left, Brittni Phillips, Brice Phillips Jr., Joe Phillips, Jeff Phillips and Erica Phillips, introduce their new restaurant, Bayside Cantina, to Ocean City community members during the Restaurant Association of Maryland’s 64th annual Stars of the Industry gala at the Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel on 101st Street last Sunday.

(May 11, 2018) Phillips Seafood owners introduced Bayside Cantina to the public last week, which offers a range of Mexican cuisine including tacos, fajitas, burritos and quesadillas on 141st Street.

“Everything we are doing is above and beyond the typical Mexican experience,” said Michelle Torres, the corporate director of marketing for Phillips Seafood Restaurants. “It is still owned and operated by the Phillips family.”

The freshly-made guacamole, tortilla chips, salsa, proteins and tortillas are created in-house.

“We press the tortillas and slow roast the beef, pork and chicken, which is marinated for three days,” Torres said. “It helps with the flavors and is how authentic Mexican cuisine is cooked.”

There are various seafood items throughout the menu for guests to try including a Bayside Cantina spin on a shrimp cocktail for an appetizer option, in addition to fish and shrimp tacos, or salmon and fish and chips entrées.

“We are excited to be doing something different and trying out different cuisine styles,” owner Brice Phillips Jr. said. “It was a good time and a good space to try it in.”

Owner Jeff Phillips enjoys the barbacoa tacos, which is slow-roasted beef with pickled red onion, cilantro and a roasted tomato serrano sauce. All tacos are served with chili-dusted fries and queso.

“We have two locations in Ocean City and were looking for a way to offer another dining experience to visitors and residents,” Torres said. “There are a lot of seafood options in Ocean City. Mexican is trendy, fresh and all about family dining. It was a natural fit and Mexican seemed to make sense.”

A complimentary nacho bar enhances the experience and includes a rotation of proteins such as beef, chicken or pork, homemade chips, pico de gallo, sour cream, shredded cheese, jalapenos and melted cheese.

A $4 happy hour takes place every day from 4-7 p.m. in the bar, lounge and patio area with house margaritas, sangrias and drafts. The nacho bar is complimentary with the purchase of a drink.

Bayside Cantina offers a range of cocktails from sangria and margaritas to mojitos and crushes.

“We have a Phillips Amber Ale on draft and our classic margarita on the rocks or frozen are happy hour options,” Torres said. “We want to be known for our margaritas, and our jalapeno watermelon is to die for.”

A children’s menu is also available along with weekly specials and desserts.

Bayside Cantina will be open 4-10 p.m. this Friday and Saturday.

Starting May 16, the restaurant will be open seven days a week from 4-10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 2-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Happy hour will take place all day on Sunday and the hours of operation will be extended in the summer.

“If you are looking for an authentic Mexican experience with a family atmosphere then we are the right place for you,” Torres said. “We are fun, the food is excellent and it is festive with guests sharing small plates and conversation.”

Call 410-250-1200 to order carry-out or check out baysidecantina.com for more information and a full menu.

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