On August 22, J0hn Tosney and I walked into Maria’s resturant. Maria’s is a local establishment that has been in Dixon for many years. As we entered the room, we were escorted by a waitress to a booth. I looked around the resturant and noticed we were the only customers currently there.
Lorenzo Moran, a close friend of mine, had earlier told us that his favorite dish to eat there was the chicken mole enchilada. The waitress came back with our drinks, two horchatas, and a mexican rice drink. They make it themselves which adds authenticity to its rich sweet flavor.
The next time we saw her, she came back with our meals: a steak burrito and a chicken mole enchilada. My friend thought the steak burrito to be flavorful and it was full of steak, rice, lettuce, and sour cream. He said when he first bit into it, the steak seemed grilled and seasoned.
For myself, however, it was quite a diverse process. I went after the beans first– they were lightly glazed by some melted cheese. My first attempt to taste the beans was declined by the intense heat. Once cooled, I was able to correctly enjoy it. The beans themselves were quite routine, earthy, and dry. I moved on to the main event: my savory chicken mole enchilada. It was drizzled with hot sauce which, when cut, flowed over the sides. I took it all in. The chicken– tender, juicy, and smoked– tasted great. It was encompassed by a flour barrier that was soft and flaky. I continued to chow down on this meal, beans, gone, rice, gone, enchilada, gone, and horchata were gone. The experience was good, and, out of a scale from one to ten, Maria’s is a well deserved seven, which means go try it because you may love it.