It's not hard to find good Mexican food in the Bay area, but only a handful have stuck out for me.
Maya Palenque is near our home in Novato. It's not in the nicest part of town (next to a highly off ramp) and looks more like a bar than a family restaurant. We checked it out because we were looking for a casual place with good margaritas. We were not disappointed.
The inside of the restaurant looks more or less like a bar (though there is a separate restaurant section), The patio was really nice, however. We sat out there in the fresh air, next to a little creek and it was wonderful.
I had a couple large margaritas which I thought were terrific (though I was REALLY in the mood for one). My wife and I shared several appetizers. The ceviche is as good as the stuff we had down in Playa del Carmen and brought back some nice memories. We shared an appetizer taco platter as well, which had a good variety with tasty quesedillas.
The service was absolutely amazing. Different staff members would come out and fawn over our daughter.
All in all, a great casual Mexican restaurant. A real diamond in the rough!
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