Maria Bonita Mexican Grill

After one meal at Maria Bonita Mexican Grill, you may feel ashamed to ever go to Taco Bell again. Upon returning from Mexico after an extended period of time in the country, I set out on a quest to find Mexican food that reminded me of what it was like to eat in Mexico. I could only find a few taco shops that really did it for me, but there were no full menu restaurants that gave the effect of eating real Mexican food. After eating at Maria Bonita, the search is over. When we arrived and saw that the restaurant was located in a strip mall, I instantly thought that it was going to be just another cheap knock off. But entering from the strip mall exterior to the interior of Maria Bonita seemed to symbolize leaving Americana behind to walk across the border. The walls of the restaurant are decorated with knick knacks from places in Mexico where the owners have lived. There are banners that are spread across the ceiling that make you feel like you are part of a fiesta. After flipping through the tri-fold menu that has well over 100 different choices, my wife and I both decided on combination plates. I ordered a beef taco, a chile relleno and an enchilada with a side of rice and beans for $8. My wife ordered...

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