A native of Nueva Rosita in Coahuila, Mexico, owner Nicolás Ramos – known to most as “Nico” – opened Arcos Restaurant in 2004. “I wanted to create my own little piece of Mexico right here in Baltimore,” says Ramos. And, indeed, he has. Arcos is a living, breathing, dream come true for Ramos, who built this Mexican-style oasis piece by piece from salvaged and recycled materials. Its soul is housed in each carefully selected piece of recovered wood used to create the artfully carved chairs and tables; beautiful stained glass windows; and majestic antique doors that have been restored to their former glory. Every detail tells the story of an old row house in need of repair, now transformed into a resuscitated space with apparent touches of architectural vision. Beyond the aesthetic achievement of this once typical Baltimore row house turned tropical paradise, Arcos personifies Ramos’ greatest attribute – his ability to see beyond “what is” and visualize the potential of “what can be.”
The menu at Arcos is equally inspired. Drawing on the diverse regional flavors of Mexico, the cuisine is an unexpected offering of both rustic and refined – traditional Mexican comfort foods presented side-by-side with eclectic approaches to new and flavorful combinations.
Arcos Restaurant has received numerous accolades over the years. Among them, the distinction of “Best Latin Dining” by City Paper readers for five consecutive years (2005-2009).