Casa Maria is one of the latest contenders to emerge in the Orlando area Mexican restaurant surge. The restaurant is located at 10065 University Boulevard, in the Suncrest Plaza, in the old Bacco Ristorante Italiano location, not too far from the University of Central Florida.The restaurant opened a couple of months ago, and almost nightly, someone is standing on the street flashing a Casa Maria Now Open sign. I swore I would stop, but I just got around to doing so last week. The Halloween Megastore next to it finally gave me the reason I needed to stop in. The restaurant decor is plain, simple, and quaint.Casa Maria’s is a family owned restaurant, and you know it when you walk in. We were greeted by a young boy, the owner’s son I assumed, who seated us immediately. We were promptly served salsa and chips by a server who doubled as a cook and gave the young host direction. After we ate, I asked him if he was the chef. He said he was, and that he was training a cook that day. He was also the only server in the restaurant.
We started with chips and salsa and guacamole, which I thought was small. The menu is fairly extensive, and it took us awhile to decide what we wanted to eat. Casa Maria offers lunch combinations that are not unusual for Mexican restaurants: chile rellenos, burritos, tacos, chimichangas, enchiladas, tamales, chalupas, fajitas, and quesadillas—all served with rice, beans, tortillas, and a pickled slaw (it was awesome). They also offer a number of dinner combinations that are larger than the lunch combos as well as Maria’s Specials that consist of mostly seafood and steak. I had the chile relleno and beef enchilada, and my daughter had the chicken enchilada in a cream sauce. Both were excellent dishes, and we had more food than we could eat.
Lunch combo prices range from $6.00 to $7.50; dinner combos start at $7.50, and Maria’s Specials are about $10.50 to $14.50 each. Visit the Casa Maria’s website and check out the menu or place a take out order online. You can also LIKE them on Facebook and receive discounts and coupons. Stop in and give them a try. You’ll have more food than you can eat, and the price is just about right.
Reviewed by Sherry