(Aug. 23, 2019) Martin Sanchez, who has over 30 years of experience in the restaurant business, recently opened Tino’s, a Mexican eatery, on 81st Street in Ocean City.

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Owner Martin Sanchez prepares a large order of tacos for takeout at Tino’s Mexican Grill on Tuesday.  

Sanchez was already interested in purchasing a business in Ocean City when he was approached by the owner of the Mexican restaurant in early May. He took over the small carryout eatery on May 15 and reopening one month later.

“I know I needed to get into the restaurant business again,” Sanchez said. “I didn’t really want to do full service so this was the right spot for me.”

Sanchez used to run a steakhouse restaurant in Salisbury but wanted to go back to providing something more casual.

“Mexican food is something I wanted to do for a while,” he said. “I wanted to do something fast, casual and what I’m good at. I like Mexican-American food. I’ve always loved burritos, tacos and something easy.”

Tino’s offers chicken, steak, pork and ground beef burritos or burrito bowls with toppings including pinto or black beans, guacamole, salsa, lettuce, chipotle ranch, sour cream and a variety of sauces.

Customers can also get beef, chicken, ground beef, and pork tacos as well as street tacos with cilantro, onions and lime.

In addition, Sanchez serves fish tacos comprised of either mahi, crab cakes, fried oysters or shrimp, as well as quesadillas, nachos and chips and salsa.

According to Sanchez, customers have enjoyed his offerings.

“They’re very receptive to my cooking,” Sanchez said. “Even with my experience of 38 years in the restaurant business, it’s still a little bit scary going into a restaurant and not knowing how people are going to receive your flavors, but everybody seems to be liking it a lot.”

Tino’s offers fresh ingredients with the meals prepared directly in front of the customers, so they know what they are getting with their orders.

Tino’s Mexican Grill is currently open on Mondays from 4-10 p.m. and Tuesday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays through Sundays the restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

For more information, call 410-524-0400.

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