Let me first say that I LOVE MEXICAN FOOD (ideally like it from a little palapa on the beach in Sayulita… but I’ll take what I can get).
I’d been wanting to try Las Maracas – the only Mexican joint I’ve noticed in North Beach – for some time. Finally Luke obliged (not that he doesn’t like Mexican food, I just suggest it A LOT).
Lunch at Las Maracas initially looked like a promising venture given the building’s slightly sketchy exterior and packed parking lot at noon on a Thursday. It’s a big facility, housing a sizable restaurant with plenty of banquet space as well as a shop with pottery, glassware and other imported goods.
Please ignore the guy invading the perimeter of the photo. I forgot to snap a picture of the restaurant exterior on the way in. This is the post-lunch drive by.
Sitting down in the booth I combed the menu for tortilla soup, something I assumed was a Mexican-American food staple. There was none to be found. In fact, there was no soup at all on the menu. BUMMER!
In my search for lighter fare I eventually settled on the taco salad with chicken, my partner in crime on the flautas. Upon ordering the taco salad the server asked if I would like Thousand Island or Ranch dressing, or sour cream and guacamole. I went with the latter but WOW – Thousand Island or Ranch? On a taco salad? Yikes.
Looking over the menu I noticed that only one small basket of chips and salsa is allotted for every two people, i.e. no free refills on chips and salsa. I was in SHOCK. There is a reason I often opt for smaller and/or lighter fare when eating Mexican – I LOVE CHIPS. This limit may be good for my waistline but it ain’t good for my soul! In the end it was probably just fine because – I can’t believe I have to say this – the chips and salsa were a little bland.
But I ate them all anyway.
Our server was nice and our food arrived quickly – a good thing given the disappearing (and non-refillable) chips and salsa. Like the chips and salsa, the food was pretty bland. I’ve eaten a lot of chicken taco salads in my day and this was definitely the most tasteless. Luke reported the meat in the flautas to be dry, particularly on the first few bites – as he edged his way towards the middle they were marginally better.
In sum, we won’t be visiting Las Maracas again. The food was incredibly bland and uninspired. There were no
free bottomless chips. AND, my stomach didn’t feel super awesome afterwards. The prices were reasonable though more expensive than Taco Bell for food that was not much better.
I would, however, take a peek at the adjacent pottery shop. They had some cool stuff at decent prices.
729 Point Brown Ave NW
Ocean Shores, WA 98569