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Maria's New Mexican Kitchen

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Maria's New Mexican Kitchen Review

Creaky wood floors and dark-wood vigas set the scene for reliable, if predictable, traditional New Mexican cuisine. This rustic restaurant's real claim to fame is its selection of more than 100 types of margaritas. The house version is one of the best in town (and you may have surmised that we take our margaritas seriously here). Get the SilverCoin if you want to go top-shelf and leave the rest of the super tequilas to sip on without intrusion of other flavors. The place holds its own as a reliable, supertasty source of authentic New Mexican fare, including chiles rellenos, blue-corn enchiladas, and green-chile tamales. The Galisteo chicken, parboiled and covered in red chiles, is simple and satisfying. Don't be surprised to have to wait for a table—the line moves quickly.

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Updated: 12-04-2013

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    My Foodie Family Loved It!

    We came to Santa Fe for a skiing trip and loved Maria's so much that we ate here twice. The posole, green chile stew, and enchiladas were all very flavorful and comforting. The sopapillos are to die for. I ate them with honey, and also with the "to die for" guacamole that they served. The only thing I was not a big fan of was the margaritas. Too sweet. This was our favorite restaurant out of all the ones we tried and we went to all of the top recommended ones. Enjoy!

    by hoodlims, 6/25/09
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    Authentic New Mexican

    This very popular restaurant serves very good New Mexican food. Both the red and green chile are good, though the "heat" varies with the seasons. My favorite here is the blue corn enchilada plate. The tortillas are fresh—usually they are being made throughout the day—this does make a difference. The green chile stew is also a favorite of mine and of many others. I am not a big meat eater, but my daughter tells me she has had very good steaks at dinner. Maria's is well known locally for their margaritas—the margarita sampler is a very good value.

    As it is a mile or so from the plaza, it does not attract many tourists—but it is routinely crowded, nonetheless. Arrive early for lunch and make a reservation for dinner or you will likely be sitting for some time waiting for a table.

    by lobo59, 4/15/08

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