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Maria’s Mexican

27 Jun

Maria’s Restaurant is located inside the Red Barn Flea Market in Bradenton, FL. The Red Barn is a pretty cool place — especially if you are a collector. I collect vintage vinyl LP’s and occasionally pop in when I’m in the area or between appointments. Found a cool Otis Redding LP on the Volt (Stax subsidiary) label today – was pretty excited about that. However, I was more excited about the delicious Mexican cuisine available at Maria’s. This time I ordered a carnitas (pork) taco and a plate of chicken tamales. Both were served with a tasty assortment of sauces (rojo, verde, and guacamole). It was all washed down with a Jarritos grapefruit soda, which tastes a lot like Fresca. Come on, you remember Fresca, don’t you? The whole deal cost just over $7. 

The food at Maria’s is truly authentic Mexican street cuisine. In fact, it reminds me of the many amazing taco trucks we encountered during our time in Texas. Everything appears to be fresh and cooked to order. The folks working the stand are friendly and the clientele is primarily Hispanic. They obviously know a good thing when they taste it. Maria serves up breakfast and lunch only, Tuesday through Sunday. A menudo plate is offered for $6 on weekends. Come find a bargain at Maria’s — fantastico!

Counter seating at Maria’s                 

Pork taco w/ lime, cilantro, guacamole & onion