Restaurant Mary

1819 S. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92707-2825


  • Takeout
If you had to shove Restaurant Mary in Santa Ana into a Mexican-food genre, you could call the food here Michoacán-style: The enchiladas are made in the tradition of the state (not fused into a roll with cheese, but rather folded as though a taco and stuffed with barely melted cotija), there’s a focus on quail and Cornish hen, and the kitchen even makes aporreadillo, an awesome breakfast dish that finds shredded steak cooked with chunks of scrambled eggs, then drenched in a light tomato sauce—think of it as chilaquiles for carnivors. But the emphasis here is on the pan-Mexican favorites—chiles rellenos, tacos, moles—prepared with extra care, knowing the customer base is Mexicans looking for something nicer than a taquería.

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  • Restaurant Mary: Proud Maria
    Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 4:30 a.m. by Gustavo Arellano

    When I first arrived in SanTana as an adult a decade ago, all of my pals said I had to go visit Restaurant Mary. There was no urgency to their recommendation—no buzz dish to try, no colorful chef, just a good restaurant that s...


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