We are from Latin America and have eaten food from all across the region. We dropped in at Mayas after a long drive down to New Orleans from Atlanta and we were very hungry. Mayas is right near where we were staying so we decided to give it try. We were very pleasantly surprised on multiple fronts. The staff was very friendly and our waitress was clearly experienced and skilled with the dishes on the menu. The water melon sangria mentioned by others, was very refreshing. The Mojito was one of the best I've ever had. For dinner we had the veggie tamal, which was prepared like the giant tamales that one finds in South American countries such as Colombia, wrapped in plantain leaves. The flavors were generous and very authentic. It was like eating from our Abuela's kitchen. The Monterrey chicken was wonderfully complemented with a bed of blue cheese mashed potatoes. The ropa vieja was deliciously prepared as in the Caribbean, but perhaps a bit too sweet. It was served in ample quantity with fried sweet plaintains, black beans and jasmin rice. The churrasco was served with a spicy chimichurri on a fried yuca cake with two fried eggs on top. The meat was very flavorful and I loved the yuca cake, but if it was me, I would dial back the spice a bit to let the other wonderful flavors stand out. The portions were big so we had no room for dessert. All in all it was a fun and satisfying experience. We will go back to explore additional options on the menu.
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