Monday, July 8, 2013

Road Trip! Maria Maria in Walnut Creek

My family gathered for lunch at Maria Maria in Walnut Creek yesterday. One of the restaurant's main claims to fame is its affiliation with guitarist extraordinaire Carlos Santana who, unfortunately, has never been at the restaurant any time that I've been there. Hope springs eternal, however.

The cuisine at Maria Maria is Mexican, and the menu is very meat-centric. In fact, aside from the chips, salsa, and guacamole, vegan options seem to be limited to salads with all the non-vegan ingredients omitted. I chose the Mexican Chopped Salad (without the cotija cheese), which consisted of chopped Romaine, black beans, cherry tomatoes, jicama, corn, radish, roasted peppers, and avocado, with an agave-lime vinaigrette. It was tasty and very fresh.

Other salad options that looked promising were the Spinach & Mango Salad (without the queso fresco) or the Maria Maria Mixed Green Salad, which includes grilled pineapple and doesn't appear to have any non-vegan ingredients.

Maria Maria is located at 1470 North Broadway in Walnut Creek, and their phone number is 925-946-1010. The restaurant's website address is, and their Facebook page can be found at They are open Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. There is also a Maria Maria in Danville.

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