Saturday, December 7, 2013


Last night, my husband and I had dinner at Maraca's Mexican Cantina & Grill in Palm Springs.  It was really cold out, almost freezing (low 40s), when we arrived, so we chose to sit inside.  It looked like most of their seating was outside, and some people were actually eating out there huddled by heat lamps.  No thanks!

We were seated at a booth towards the back of the restaurant, and chips and salsa quickly arrived at our table.  The chips were warm and salty, but not too salty or too greasy.  The salsa was good.  It had a lot of onion chopped up in it, which I liked.  I don't like it when salsa is all tomato and hardly any other flavor.  It had kind of a smoky flavor with a little heat to it too, but not too much.

We looked over the menu.  I decided to order the Sizzling Fajitas, which is described on the menu as "Your choice of meat or vegetables charbroiled with red and green bell peppers and sweet onion served on a sizzling platter.  Served with guacamole, pico de gallo, refried beans and flour tortillas."  I chose Steak for the meat, and the platter was indeed sizzling!

I was impressed with the amount of food.  However, I was not impressed with the meat.  It tasted chewy and flavorless.  I thought it was probably just over or under cooked, but my husband said it was probably an inexpensive piece of meat, and he agreed that it wasn't very good.  I loved the flavor of the peppers and onions though.  There's really nothing much more delicious than a caramelized onion.  I ended up picking around the meat and just eating the veggies.  My husband was really hungry, so he ate the meat for me.  The beans and rice were okay.  I liked that the beans had a little cheese on them and that the rice had some tomatoes and corn kernels mixed in.  The tortillas were okay, but nothing special.  I'd never order steak fajitas here again.  Maybe the chicken's better.

My husband ordered the same 3-item combo he ordered a  couple nights ago at Las Casuelas Terraza: a shredded beef taco, a cheese enchilada and a carnitas tamale which came with sides of rice, beans and a sweet corn cake.  He said that the sweet corn cake is better at Chevy's, and the combo at Las Casuelas Terraza overall just tasted better.  It meal was good though; just not amazing.  I tasted a bite of the enchilada and tamale, and I thought it just tasted bland.

In the end, when looking for a Mexican restaurant to eat at in Palm Springs, I'd choose Las Casuelas Terraza, but the chips and salsa definitely win at Maraca's.

Happy eating!

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