Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Out West Wednesday : a review of Maya

Maya is honestly the very first place I ate when I moved to Vail, other than a frozen pizza in my kitchen the night I moved in, so I think it'll always hold a special place in my heart. Mexican is my favorite food, so my mom took me as treat before she flew back home.  Plus it was right across from my condo so it was impossible to get lost getting there. Located in the Western hotel right at the base of Beaver Creek, this is not your typical hotel restaurant.


When we went they were having a special off-season deal featuring an appetizer, two entrees, and dessert for a special price. Because it was the last time I was going to be with my mom for a while we decided to splurge and order that much! I clearly was thinking like a hungry girl, and not like a blogger because I didn't snap any photos until dessert, so I'll just have to rely on my words to describe our meal.



We started with a shrimp quesadilla because my mom loves shrimp in her Mexican food. I'm not a big fan of shrimp and cheese, but this was really good because it also had peppers so it wasn't just shrimp and cheese. Next we split al pastor tacos and chicken mole. The tacos were your traditional street taco size with lots of cilantro and pineapple giving them a great fresh taste. The chicken mole was okay, I prefer my mole a little spicier, but the real star on that plate were the caramelized plantains; I honestly could have eaten an entire plate of them! To finish we had the fried ice cream which was served almost like a banana split featuring three different flavors atop a caramelized split banana.


Maya isn't my favorite type of Mexican; I prefer Tex-Mex with half my plate covered in melted cheese, but it was a fun experience. They also have a great happy hour with $6.50 margaritas and 2 for $8 tapas. I highly recommend the pineapple margarita and the smoked brisket nachos. They also have a great patio next to the river that is fun when the weather is nice.



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