El Andariego Celebrates 25th Anniversary This Week


El Andariego (which means “The Wanderer”), located at 5 Olney Sandy Spring Rd. in Ashton, is celebrating 25 years in business. To celebrate, the restaurant is offering a 10% discount on all dishes from Monday, February 5th until Wednesday, February 7th.

“After whom our Mexican restaurant is named, we were wandering on our own journey – a journey to set down roots and to share our love of food with a community we could call home. That journey brought us from El Salvador to Ashton, here in Montgomery County, MD.”

Per the restaurant, Cristina Vasquez and friends founded El Andariego in 1999. The restaurant quickly became a popular Mexican restaurants in the area, drawing customers from across Montgomery and even Howard County. A few years later Jaime Vasquez joined Cristina to oversee the dining room during the evenings. His days were spent managing the Lafayette Room, a “destination” restaurant at the Hay Adams Hotel in Washington, D.C. More recently, Jaime’s sister, Consuelo Molina, joined the team to head up the kitchen, after more than 16 years in fine Italian restaurants in Washington, D.C., most recently as Executive Chef at Finemondo.

Consuelo works seamlessly with a devoted kitchen staff, many of whom have been here since the restaurant opened sixteen years ago. Jaime expertly oversees a bustling dining room full of familiar faces, where he has watched young kids grow into fine young adults, courtships blossom, and friendships and families flourish.

“Cristina and our teenage daughter warmly greet every guest as they enter, many by name, happy to know that our family has indeed planted roots and created a gathering spot of warmth, welcome, and excellence. And it all starts at the door. The entire El Andariego family looks forward to seeing you – and serving you -when you next wander in.”

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