So, thanks for all the ideas for the birthday dinner. Cost was a really important factor for us, and when my sister-in-law sounded excited for Mexican, I figured Maria's would be the spot. We showed up at just after six on Saturday night and not a minute too soon. The place quickly filled up after us and there were people waiting for our table when we left. Overall, the group loved it, but I was a little less enthusiastic.
We started with the fresh guacamole - which was not a large portion for a six person party. It is mashed fairly crudely, not to a creamy texture at all. Perhaps some people like it this way or it is more "authentic" - I don't know. I found it to be just "ok" and our group didn't rave about it either. We had two plates of the chilaquiles - chicken and chorizo - which we liked and are certainly better than the "nachos" you find at the typical Amerimexican restaurants. Also had the shrimp ceviche which didn't seem to have a lot of shrimp in it.
Mains were more successful. Two orders of the chile relleno combination, which they liked though didn't look as good as the ones at Los Pollitos. One order of chicken mole that was well but simply done, one seafood enchilada which looked to be the best thing we ordered, one of the chicken molcajete which was served right in the lava cooking dish. I had the pork chop which was not at all "thick" as described and fairly dissapointing.
We did not have dessert and with tax and tip (one order of sangria, two beers and two margaritas) came to about $33 a head, which is pretty good for a full dinner out with drinks. As I said, our party loved it - mostly because it wasn't the typical Amerimex place that buries all their food under mounds of grated cheese.
We left satisfied if not wowed and went to the new Chocolate room for dessert. Had Chocolate fondue, chocolate rasberry mousse, and a few bites from the counter. Fondue was really good and fun, gave all six of us a few bites and we barely finished it. Hot chocolate looked basically like liquid chocolate. They do not serve alcohol yet but plan to in the future. Chocolate room was filling up when we got there around 7:30.....