A tortilla makes a handy mousepad, an acceptable patch for stiff denim jeans, and, if you draw a face on it, an ideal companion on fishing trips. Explore appetizing diversity with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of Mexican and Cuban fare and drinks at Maria Bonita Mexican & Cuban Restaurant on East Colonial Drive.
Every day, Maria Bonita's kitchen magicians spin together fresh ingredients to awe patrons with flavorful meals infused with honest Mexican and Cuban zest. Start with a flaming order of queso fundido, a fiery cheese dip served with a side of tortillas ($5.99), before tackling the super chimichanga ($10.99 for chicken; $12.99 for steak, carnitas, or shrimp) or house-made tamales stuffed with your choice of pork, chicken, or a mix of vegetables ($8.99 for two). Cuban entrees, which are served with white rice, beans, and a choice of sweet plantains, tostones, or yuca, include the ropa vieja, a stewed and shredded flank steak in a tomato, onion, pepper, and white-wine sauce ($11.50), and the pezcado plancha, an adobo-marinated grilled fish fillet topped with a cozy blanket of caramelized onions ($10.99). Several of the eatery's dishes are available on the pared-down lunch menu as well ($4.95–$9.50).
Wash down your Cubo-Mexican meal with a refreshing flavored margarita (starting at $5) or mojito (starting at $6) from Maria Bonita's specialty drink menu. Sip the refreshing libation as you recline in one of the eatery's hand-painted booths, soaking in the festive atmosphere and traditional Mexican tunes that transport you back to childhood memories of summer nights on the Veracruz boardwalk with your beloved wallaby trailing at your heels.
Reviews are varied when it comes to the service, but the Orlando Sentinel recommends Maria Bonita Mexican & Cuban Restaurant for a festive meal, and its online users give the restaurant an average of 3.5 stars. Yelpers give the restaurant an average of three stars, and Yahoo! Locals give it a four-star average.
Maria Bonita Mexican & Cuban Restaurant
The chefs and staff of Maria Bonita are eager to share. They want to introduce others to the flavors of Mexico and Cuba and the passion they have for fresh ingredients. Luckily, most visitors don't take much convincing. Cuervo and Patron tequilas swirl with amaretto, Grand Marnier, brandy, and fruit to create more than ten different margaritas, all of which are kept cool with ice, which is flavorless. The lineup of cervezas complement their signature queso fundido or fajitas fabulosas. Cuban entrees sail to tables alongside yuca, sweet plantains, or tostones, which take a supporting role to slow-roasted, marinated pork, stewed and shredded flank steak, or grilled fish topped with caramelized onions. The restaurant also serves Churrasco, Parrillada, and Mofongo dishes.
10615 E Colonial Dr.
Orlando, Florida 32817Get Directions