Here at, we love our little piece of paradise in Maryland. Part of loving your home includes its proximity to great places, which is why we’ve introduced “The Best of Carroll County.” Whether you’re thinking of moving to Carroll County from out of state or just looking for a new home and exploring your options for areas of town, we’ve got you covered when its comes to the area’s best restaurants and more. Today we’re offering up our favorite spots to get some good grub in Westminster. So save up that appetite because tonight you’ve got a few restaurants to check out from our list of the very best.


Rafael’s Restaurant
32 West Main Street, Westminster
Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


Rafael’s Restaurant is a charming, yet casual restaurant nestled in Westminster’s historic downtown. It offers lunch and dinner seven days a week, and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Guests can dine in or enjoy their dinner “al fresco” on the huge outdoor patio. They even offer delivery for lunch!

Voted Carroll’s Best Outdoor Patio by “Carroll’s Best,” it is no surprise this place draws a lively crowd and offers some serious entertainment. Several times a month you can catch live entertainment on the deck. Come early for a good seat and some awesome happy hour specials with different deals almost every night (did we hear half-priced burger Tuesdays?). Rafael’s traditional American fare offers something for everyone, especially to those new Maryland residents that can’t wait to get their hands on some killer Maryland crab cakes!


310 East Green Street, Westminster
Open for Lunch and Dinner


If you want to feel like a local in your potential new town, make a trip over to Maggie’s. Enjoy traditional pub food like nachos and cheeseburgers, or step it up with more sophisticated fare like chicken champagne or filet mignon. Maggie’s will satisfy any appetite with appetizers for munching, small plates, or generous entrees.

Looking to make it a date night? Every Saturday night enjoy live music after your dinner for no extra cover charge. Maggie’s also occasionally has some pretty cool events. Are you an aspiring “Top Chef”? This Fall Maggie’s is offering up the opportunity to fulfill your chef dreams with “Open Chef” Night where you can cook up your favorite recipes with Maggie’s professional staff for 30 guests.


Cinco de Mayo
402 Englar Road, Westminster
Open for Lunch and Dinner


Need to take a break from your house hunting with a refreshing “margarona”? Head on over to Cinco de Mayo Mexican Restaurant on Englar Road. Start with a cold margarita or the massive “margarona” and guacamole made right at your table. Indulge in traditional Mexican favorites like tacos, enchiladas and chile rellenos. Our neighbors in Westminster are all talking that this is the most authentic Mexican food in the area, one even saying “best Mexican cuisine in Westminster, period.” We’d absolutely like to agree.

We love sharing our favorite spots here in Carroll County, as well as our neighbor’s choices. It won’t be hard to fall in love with not only a new home in Carroll County but all of the great restaurants right around the corner. Check back in with us as we review more of “The Best of Carroll County” – your appetite will thank you!