Fort Worth dining: Enjoy fish tacos, spicy salsa and beautiful setting at Maria’s Mexican Kitchen.


Costa fish tacos

By JULIE BRINKLEY


On a recent trip to Fort Worth to run a few errands we decided to try a new place for lunch.


Like most of you, we’re creatures of habit and find ourselves returning to the same restaurants over and over again.

This review will be the first in a series focusing on a wide range of restaurants, style and cuisine and healthier choices available.


Not all selections will follow Optavia’s 5&1 Optimal Plan, but I will focus on how to transition into making choices that help you move forward in health.


Maria’s Mexica Kitchen is nestled in a popular commercial area off University Drive near TCU and the Fort Worth zoo. The facade is well done and reflects South Miami with a Cuban flare.

Step inside and you’ll be impressed with the well-appointed decor and fixtures. The bar is covered with a canopy of cascading flowers and chartreuse ceiling tiles that make the space interesting.


The outdoor patio is beautifully shaded and has a water feature; I can imagine sitting out there with a group of friends in the fall.

The menu has an impressive list of cocktails, wine and draft beer. Staying true to the Mexican kitchen vibe, Maria’s features more varieties of tequilas than I have ever seen in one collection.


The chips and salsa were to the table quickly and the house-made salsa is definitely on the upper side of medium.

As we were there for a quick lunch, I tried to stay light, but still capitalize on the robust flavors and freshness this menu had to offer; I chose the Costa fish tacos and they were amazing.


Wrapped in bib lettuce and topped with slaw, every bite was perfect. The creamy sauce was served on the side which was perfect for keeping it lean and green.

Main dishes are served with refried beans and Cuban-style white rice.


The next time you are in Fort Worth, make a stop at Maria’s Mexican Kitchen for a delicious meal in a beautiful setting.