Chicago may be known for it’s world-renowned restaurants, but don’t sleep on the culinary scene in the suburbs. There’s no better place to start than Oak Park, just west of the city. And one of our favorite places to dine is Maya Del Sol.
Maya Del Sol is a Latin fusion restaurant featuring dishes with Central and South American influences. On our last trip to Maya, we were celebrating our anniversary, which just so happens to be on Cinco de Mayo. I know what you’re thinking: Cinco de Mayo has absolutely nothing to do with South America or Central America…but that didn’t stop the restaurant from celebrating anyway!
Their special menu for the day featured dishes with a Mexican twist. We started with the obligatory chips and guacamole, and, of course, margaritas. Both of these items are on the regular menu and both are musts for us when dining here. My go-to is the Cozaana: Grand Marnier, agave nectar, and fresh lime juice make for an amazing, fresh margarita!
For the main course, I usually would go for the tacos, but this time I opted for the Roasted Chicken. The whole leg of chicken was served with roasted potatoes and poblanos over a mole sauce. Not only was the chicken extremely moist and flavorful, but the potatoes and poblanos were cooked perfectly. The delicious mole sauce tied all of the components of the dish together to make an excellent entree.
My husband ordered the Cochinita Pibil: a bone-in, roasted pork shoulder served with a nopales (cactus) salad & black beans. The pork literally fell off the bone and was extremely savory. The cactus salad provided a great contrast to the pork, and the black beans were perfectly flavorful.
Anyone who knows me knows that I ALWAYS have room for dessert. And if flan is an dessert option, there’s no way I’m leaving without indulging. So of course, I ordered the vanilla bean flan (also on their regular menu). I also ordered a Mexican Coffee – coffee with tequila and Godiva White Chocolate liqueur. It was a perfect ending to a perfect meal.
Maya Del Sol
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that we saw the “Sandwich King” himself, Jeff Mauro, who isalso a co-host on “The Kitchen” & former winner of “Food Network Star.” I like to see my dining decisions validated by chefs or culinary experts eating at the same restaurants. So, whether you’re a suburbanite looking for a great Latin-inspired restaurant, or a city-dweller looking to get out of the city and try a new place, give Maya del Sol a try. You won’t be disappointed!