The first European explorers set sail with hopes of finding new, exotic spices to placate the palates of epicurious monarchs, but all they found were heaps of inedible gold. Pick up where they left off by broadening your mouth's horizons with today's Groupon to Maya Quetzal. Choose between the following options:
For $24, you get a Guatemalan dinner for two (up to a $48.29 total value, including tax), which includes two entrees (up to a $12.99 value each) plus a choice of two of the following options:
- One appetizer to share (up to a $7.50 value)
- One pitcher of sangria or any two drinks (up to a $10.99 value)
- One dessert to share (up to a $7 value)
For $44, you get a Guatemalan dinner for four (up to a $96.59 total value, including tax), which includes four entrees (up to a $12.99 value each), plus a choice of two of the following options:
- Two appetizers to share (up to a $7.50 value each)
- Two pitchers of sangria or any four drinks (up to a $21.98 total value)
- Two desserts to share (up to a $7 value each)
For more than two decades, Maya Quetzal has served a menu of traditional Guatemalan fare. Appetizers include the rellenitos de platano, which stuffs garlicky mashed-plantain dough with pepper-jack cheese before a deep-frying dunk ($7.50). For the main course, house specialties include pupusas de chicharron, a Salvadoran dish that crowns a pork-stuffed tortilla with spicy vinaigrette slaw ($8.99). Alternatively, the paches seals steamed potato dough, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds, like your electric bill, inside a tamale-style cornhusk ($8.99). The plato maya combination acquaints a walnut-, spinach-, and-cheese-stuffed chili relleno with two chicken flautas ($11.99). Come dessert, mole de platano dulce provides a sweet denouement of fried plantains covered in sweet chocolate mole, cinnamon, and mild peppers, bookended by vanilla-ice-cream cookies ($7).
Maya Quetzal’s patio along Fourth Avenue lets groups of gourmands people-watch for the passerby whose head most closely resembles a pumpkin. Indoors, a newly renovated dining room shelters eaters who would rather avoid the elements.
The chefs at Maya Quetzal have plated authentic Guatemalan eats for more than two decades. “Tasty, well-prepared food has been a defining characteristic of this little Guatemalan restaurant since it opened,” says the Tucson Citizen, which goes on to praise the cheesy house rice and the pollo en pepian—shredded chicken simmered in a sauce of chili peppers, peanuts, tomato, green tomatillo, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds. Customers are especially fond of Maya Quetzal’s many vegetarian options, which include the spinach-and-cheese-stuffed chili relleno and the vegetarian plate—a corn tortilla stuffed with spinach, walnuts, tomato, and onion, then folded into an origami swan and deep-fried. The cozy dining room features a simple decorating scheme of rustic, wooden tables, woven blankets, and a prominent mural depicting a rural Guatemalan village.
429 N 4th Ave.
Tucson, Arizona 85705