September 5, 2012 by Sarah M
//By Jeremy Zoss//
The 1800 block of Central Avenue has seen its share of closures lately, as businesses like Falafel King have shut down. Fortunately, a bright new Mexican restaurant has popped up on the block to return some energy to the area. Maya Cuisine opened its doors at 1840 Central Ave. NE on Aug. 17, and owner Isela Perez Pacheco said it brings a different kind of Mexican food to the area.
Central Avenue has many Mexican restaurants already, but Pacheco said Maya Cuisine does many things different. Unlike most other Mexican restaurants, the tortillas are made fresh daily in the restaurant. Most items are made in the restaurant from scratch. The prep area is visible so customers can see the food being prepared.
Maya Cuisine also features a salsa bar so customers can add as much salsa, sour cream or other toppings to their food without having to ask for a special preparation. Pancheco said tamales are one of the restaurant’s specialties, and they offer a far wider and more creative selection than many other restaurants.
Maya Cuisine is the first restaurant for Pacheco and her husband Victor Martinez, who has worked in restaurants for years. She said they decided to open their own restaurant because they were dissatisfied by the Mexican offering in Northeast.
“Every time we wanted to eat good Mexican food, we had to go to South Minneapolis,” she said.
The food is priced in quite a simple way. All individual items like tacos are priced at $1.75 each, regardless of fillings. Entrees are priced at $6.75.
“We want to keep it easy,” said Pancheco.
Maya Cuisine is open from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.