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Chew on This: Maya Mexican Restaurant celebrates 23 years

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Besides their authentic Mexican food, Maya Mexican Restaurant offers a cozy, Spanish atmosphere that brings locals back for more on a regular basis.

Owner Rosa Maya and her husband, cook Francisco Garcia, first moved to the Prescott area in 1991 after working in the restaurant business in Ventura, California. They've been operating Maya Mexican Restaurant, 512 S. Montezuma St. in Prescott, for the past 23 years.

"Restaurants run in the family. Most of Rosa's sisters have restaurants too. We know how to cook," Garcia said. "We have been pretty successful here. It's been good for us. We make everything from scratch."

Besides their cozy setting, Maya's also plans to offer delivery service in the coming months. "We have a lot of regulars, but we don't see a lot of newcomers. We invite them to come and try us for the first time. We're very small, so a lot of people miss us," Garcia said. "We don't deliver right now, but we are expecting to deliver."

While they don't offer alcohol, diners can bring their own to Maya's if they choose, he added. For more information on the restaurant, call them at 928-776-8346.

The menu

Customer favorites at Maya Mexican Restaurant include carnitas and mole. Specials, at $6.99 daily, are offered Monday through Saturday and change on a daily basis, Garcia explained.

"With the specials you get a bowl of chips and salsa and a soft drink. Monday we have chicken tacos with rice and beans, Tuesday we have chicken flautas, Wednesday we have chicken with green sauce enchiladas, Thursday we have chili Verde burritos, Friday we have fish tacos and Saturdays we have ground beef tacos," Garcia said.

A number of locals also turn out for the vegetarian dishes the restaurant offers. "A lot of people come for our vegetable plates. We have potato plates and egg plant burritos, egg plant enchiladas, cactus enchiladas, cactus tacos and we are gluten free," Garcia said. "A lot of people also like that we don't use lard. There's no lard in anything."

Menu options range from specialty plates, enchilada-style burrito plates, soups, seafood and breakfast plates to appetizers, fajitas and entrée selections. Entrée selections include the flautas dish, made with three fried, rolled corn tortillas with chicken or shredded beef covered in lettuce, sour cream and cheese; tacos de pescado, which includes two fish tacos with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and cilantro; taquitos rancheros-chimichanga, with two fried-rolled flour tortillas, chicken or beef, lettuce, sour cream and cheese, and more.

Breakfast options, served with rice, beans and a corn tortilla, include huevos a la Mexicana, with two scrambled eggs, tomatoes, onions, jalapeno and cilantro; Machaca con huevos, with specially seasoned shredded beef and eggs; chilaquiles con huevos, with red seasoned corn tostadas mixed with eggs.

Seafood selections include pescado al mojo de ajo, featuring a fish fillet cooked with a touch of garlic, rice, beans and tortillas; the fajitas seafood plate, featuring a mix of fish and whole shrimp, onions, tomatoes, peppers, rice, beans and tortillas; and pescado a la veracruzana, featuring fish fillet prepared veracruz style.

Appetizers range from nachos with or without meat to queso fundido with three corn tortillas, which also can be made with chorizo, chicken or potatoes.

Other menu options include fried chimichangas, burritos made enchilada style, hamburgers with fries and children's sections. Soups include meatball soup, shrimp, fish, or a combination of fish and shrimp. The menu also has special selections.

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