Monday, May 2, 2016

Guerrero Maya Mexican Restaurant, South Portland, Maine


Restaurant Review


Beautiful interior of Guerrero Maya
iPhone photo by Don T.
We had driven past Guerrero Maya several times since they opened last fall. But, finally it was time to eat Mexican and I thought Guerrero Maya Mexican Restaurant was worth a try. Wow! It was beautiful inside and the service was fantastic.

We arrived for lunch and were immediately greeted and escorted to a booth. The chips and salsa came quickly. We ordered two glasses of water with lemon and took a look at the menu. It showed a full Mexican style fare. We were there for lunch, so my wife ordered the lunch chimichanga with shredded beef and I ordered Fajita Nacho with chicken.

Luncheon Chimichanga
iPhone photo by Don T.
There were only a few other customers, so, as I expected, the food arrived quite quickly. My nachos looked magnificent and my wife’s chimi’ looked great. The quantity of food was what I’ve grown to expect from a Mexican restaurant. The service was excellent. Someone came by with water regularly. The wait staff delivered a second bowl of salsa, without being asked, just as we were finishing our first bowl of salsa. Later, about the time our existing bowl was at about 1/3 of the initial amount, the wait staff asked if we would like more chips. We didn't, but it was nice that he asked.

My wife said that the Chimi’ was good, meaty and not fatty. However, she indicated there wasn’t any noticeable spice to it and it didn’t appear to have any vegetables within the meat mixture. Certainly, it could use more spice, but she enjoyed it; the beans and rice were superb.

Fahita Nachos
iPhone photo by Don T.
My fajita nachos looked magnificent, but the cook sautéed the vegetables in a pan with lots of oil and dumped the mixture on top allowing a significant amount of oil to pour on as well. As a result, the bottom chips were soggy, but the good news is I was able to eat the chips above the oil line. That said, the nachos were superb. There was lots of meat and real cheese (not cheese sauce). The portions of sour cream and guacamole were substantial.

Mini Sopapilla Dissert
iPhone photo by Don T.
We were surprised when the waiter stopped by with a complimentary mini-dessert – a sopapilla with whipped cream and strawberry sauce. Delicious and very well appreciated. I loved it and I thought it was a great finish to an excellent meal.

Rating: 4.6

Ambiance: 4 (Clean and open, good for conversations.)
Food: 4 (Except for the oil, it would have been a 5.)
Service: 5 (Staff was friendly and extremely attentive.)
Price: 5 (Lunch was under $10 each, not including drinks)
Value: 5 (For lunch I don’t know of many places better.)

The service was impeccable. In fact, it was probably the best service I’ve ever had at a restaurant the didn’t have tablecloths. Overall the food was excellent. We will definitely return to Guerrero Maya in the future. I think we have found a new favorite Mexican restaurant in South Portland.

Location:

Guerrero Maya Mexican Restaurant 
449 Westbrook Street
South Portland, ME 04106



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