Maria’s : Authentic Mexican Food

Reno has come a long way from being just a crossing point of the Truckee river to becoming “The Biggest Little City In The World.” Reno’s nickname is a result of the wide range of cosmopolitan amenities in a city of its relatively small size. And a cosmopolitan city always invites more diversity, which in turn adds value to the city’s culture. Over the course of time, my goal is to try and explore as many cuisines in Reno as possible and map uncharted restaurants (google doesn’t count) so more people know about the awesome treats that Reno has to offer.

En route I-80 west, off Verdi, I stumbled upon a board that read “Maria’s Authentic Mexican Food.” I’ve tried Taco Bell, Del Taco and all these other fast fomariasod chains that offer “Mexican Food”, no offense, I do like what they offer, but trying the real deal’s been on my list for a while now. And what better place to run into than a family owned, locally run restaurant with the head chef himself being the owner of the place?

With over 30 years of experience in the restaurant business, Chef Aurelio Sanchez decided to open a restaurant that offers authentic Mexican food.

They have daily specials and and also have food served à la carte. They offer sweet deals like 2 for 1 margaritas and $3 beers during happy hours (2-6 everyday), Taco Thursdays with $2 tacos all day and here’s the best part, if it’s your birthday month you get to eat there every day of the month FOR FREE, hold on, there’s a catch, it’s free provided you get 3 guests with you, who pay for their food. But hey, dessert’s on the house for everyone!

They welcome you with a portion of nachos and salsa, made in-house and isIMG_8621 fresh as ever. They have a wide spread of food, but their signature dish happens to be the Mocajete. It’s similar to fajitas, but more liquidy and is brought to you sizzling hot in a pot. I tried the shrimp mocajete which was recommended to me, and BLIMEY!, on my first bite, I literally had an orgasm in my mouth. It was a burst of rich flavors with fresh shrimp and a mouth watering aroma. It’s served with rice and beans which all go perfectly well when combined into a soft taco. The service was really fast. The delicious margaritas may have helped me lose track of time. I definitely recommend trying this place if you’re craving some good, authentic Mexican food.



  • Taste : 4.5/5
  • Dining : 4/5
  • Value for money : 3.5/5
  • Service quality : 5/5
  • Ambiance : 4/5
  • Parking : 5/5

P.S: Don’t forget to try the fried ice-cream for dessert!

¡Buen provecho!

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