From Our Editors
Maria’s Mexican Cocina sits across from the Victorian US Grant Hotel, just north of bustling Broadway in downtown San Diego. The city’s monochromatic concrete is all but forgotten the moment you enter, as Maria’s walls are awash with the bright colors of Mexico. The owner, Jose, may greet you himself, stepping out of the back office to look over his clients and check on progress in the kitchen. Along the north wall is a brightly-colored balustrade that leads to a small loft, while the dining room is filled with tables and the petite landing area above is perfect for a family gathering. Since 1995, Maria’s has been featuring south-of-the-nearby-border dishes for locals, office workers and fortunate travelers, including creamy queso, traditional soups and combination plates that marry tacos and enchiladas with beans, rice and more.