Palacio Maya belongs to the La Tonalteca family, but it seems more like an interesting cousin than a sister restaurant. This is authentic Mexican dining with an upscale feel. The menu includes staples such as chile relleño and chimichangas, but on it also offers dishes such as pescado a la Veracruzana: a catfish fillet covered with a sauce of Caribbean chiles, onions, tomatoes, capers and Spanish olives, all served with rice and avocado. The margaritas are unsurpassed.
With wrought-iron chandeliers, cushy booths, white tablecloths and attentive service, Palacio Maya Mexican Restaurant is downright fancy for a Mexican place. Palacio Maya is a member of the La Tonalteca family, but its menu is best described as uptown instead of homestyle Mexican. Take, for instance, the tacos de cochinita pibil: Yucatan-style tacos of pork shoulder marinated in achiote, secret spices and the juice of sour oranges, baked in banana leaves, then topped with pickled red onions and served on soft corn tortillas. Don’t let the upscale approach intimidate you. It’s still a fun place for the family to experience the various regions of Mexico.