maria bonita / p’berg

a mexican, a texan, and an australian open up a restaurant…

what may sound like the first line of a joke is, in fact, brilliant news for american expats, embassy staff, exchange students, and tourists who’ve been desperate for REAL mexican food in berlin, which up until now simply didn’t exist, save for some sub-par ‘tex-mex’, chain-type tourist traps.

a happy, predominantly north american crowd has been gathering at this hole-in-the-wall joint on danziger str. since its opening a few weeks ago, sipping coronas (the other beer choice is schultheiss, and even foreigners know to steer clear of this sorry excuse for a ‘brew’).  there’s a small bar at the window with a few bar stools, and 3-4 tables outside with picknick benches, offering a great view of the latest street construction and evening traffic.

the slightly dingy atmosphere is secondary, and it certainly doesn’t deter anyone from savoring the flavors previously lacking in berlin.

the small menu offers a number of mexican classics such as tamales, enchiladas – my favorite dish that night, served with a tangy salsa and queso fresco, chile relleno, fish tacos with crunchy fried morsels of (some sort of) white fish and a spicy mayonnaise, tacos with argentinian beef, and a very nice, chunky guac.

enchiladas with salsa & queso fresco

enchiladas with salsa & queso fresco

tamales, beef tacos, and fish tacos w/spicy mayonnaise

tamales, beef tacos, and fish tacos w/spicy mayonnaise

while certainly not the most photogenic food i’ve encountered, i’ve been reassured by my fellow american diners that this is indeed the real deal.

i wouldn’t be surprised if this place had to move to new premises by next summer due to its high popularity:  the night we were there, two dudes took a couple of barstools outside and used a block of cement plates as a table.

maria bonita * danziger str. 33

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6 Responses to “maria bonita / p’berg”

  1. 6kraska6 Says:

    The best mexican food ever I had in Chikago, Ill. – But that’s 25 years ago. First we take Manhattan, than we take Berlin? Looks like. Fine. ¡Salud y pesetas, y tiempo para gastar las!

  2. Peter Says:

    ohh. i wanna try this

  3. Tatjana Says:

    I tried it several times. And again, and again … I lived a few years in Mexico and this is the closed to Mex I got in Berlin. Love the Chiles Rellenos and the home made salsas. Quite an interesting crowd eating there. Nice friendly people all around.

  4. Ute Says:

    Now Im happy i have my mexican restaurant in Maria bonita, and i have my
    Mexican food delivered for parties from La Tortilla Atomica.

    i can live in berlin now

  5. maria peligro / xberg « berlin bites Says:

    […] started off last summer as an exciting new venture with maria bonita, an unpretentious hole-in-the-wall serving fresh & authentic cal-mex at low prices is in danger […]

  6. Dave Says:

    Two thumbs up!! The best Mexican food I’ve had in Germany, yet (and I’ve been around)! The Burrito Puerco was excellent! Will be back!

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