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Maria's Mexican Restaurant

1459 Montgomery Highway (Vestavia Hills)
In the no-frills location in a motor inn that once housed Sol Azteca. A June 2009 City Scene review noted that tacos benefit from fresh ingredients. A taco salad was a hit, as were Camarones al chipotle, fajitas, carnitas, enchiladas with mole, and chiles toreados (whole jalapenos rubbed with oil and roasted). Desserts -- fried vanilla ice cream, flan, banana chimichanga and tres leches were also praised. Margaritas are "not the best in town ... a strange, almost acid green color and have an odd, artificial taste." However, noted reviewer Susan Swagler, "There's something about Maria's that reminds us of our beloved Las Pinatas," and Maria makes a point of greeting customers personally. On our own visit, while the food was good and cheap, we didn't think it was worthy of the four-star rating from Susan Swagler. Read our impressions from the blog.

Posted on Sunday, July 5, 2009 at 04:59PM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments3 Comments

Reader Comments (3)

I have to say that I was not impressed with Marias. I had the Tricolor Enchiladas. While I thought the tomatillo sauce was good, the chicken and beef were almost flavorless, and the rice was desert dry while the beans were soupy. My wife had the Mole, and didn't finish it, with the comment "Well, its alright", sharing my feelings on the near tasteless chicken. I also called Las Pinatas my second home, and the only thing that Marias reminded me of was how much I missed Las Pinatas.

August 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJD Chaves

I've personally been to Maria's several times now (doesn't hurt that it's right down the street), and I have had nothing but excellent experiences. The food is fresh and flavorful, and the ground beef quesadilla is one of the best variations on the dish that I've ever tasted. The margaritas are also very tasty (and very inexpensive), the salsa fresh, and the waitstaff MORE than attentive. I've never had a drink there fall past half-full.

I highly recommend supporting this place, because well, it's nice not to have the same-old same-old Mexican every week.

September 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterT.S. Smith

I love Maria's. Everyone I take there loves it and comes back to it. The salsa is excellent, almost addictive. The food always tastes fresh! I have tried various dishes and they are all so good that the biggest problem I have is deciding what to order. The nachos supreme is great. The fajitas are wonderful, Great chicken soup and steak dishes as well. There are other places I want to try based on this website. I have been to some of them and Maria's is still my favorite.

June 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrett

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