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IN OUR FAMILY, Mexican food was more than just our daily sustenance. It also marked the celebration of holidays, birthdays and fiestas, with each occasion having its own special food. Christmas meant tamales, birthdays meant enchiladas, and fiestas meant tacos. Not that we didn’t have these foods any other time of year, it’s just that an event meant that the food preparation took more time than usual, and thus more caring went into each dish.

This family practice has endured, with family members still choosing what food was to be prepared for their special day. From these humble traditions, we started Maria’s Mexcan in a small seven-foot wide building serving carry-out only. The only complaint we ever received was that we didn’t have room for customers to sit and eat. The 2001 move to our South Avenue location took care of that.

As downtown Springfield grew and evolved into the bustling city center it has become, Maria’s was there. We became a favorite destination with those attending theater, concert, or art events – either for pre-show appetizers and drinks, or late dinner afterward.

In 2020 Maria’s opened our South location. The move allows us to better serve the many Springfield residents who love our food, but that don’t make it downtown very often.

Today, both locations use the same family recipes that have been handed down through the generations. We still make many things from scratch, from our sauces to our chorizo. And to honor those long-ago family food celebrations, we have used our relatives’ names for special menu items. When you dine with us, you will find these culinary salutes to our beloved grandmothers, grandfathers, brothers, sisters, aunts, and uncles.