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Independence Eve at Maya Beaver Creek

July 9, 2013

As I briefly alluded to on my quick 4th of July post, I had a truly fabulous  July 3rd evening at Maya Beaver Creek.

Maya Beaver Creek

Maya is the new Richard Sandoval restaurant that opened about a month ago in the Westin hotel at the base of Beaver Creek.  I’d heard great things about their “modern Mexican cuisine” and had been wanting to check it out. 

Maya Beaver Creek

Maya Beaver Creek

Plus, I knew the restaurant’s patio would be the perfect place to take in Avon’s legendary fireworks display without having to deal with the hassle of parking, finding a spot around the lake and sitting on the ground.  So, along with my beau and another couple, I decided to get fancy with it.  We made reservations for Maya’s Bottomless 3rd of July Dinner, where $65 each got us all the delicious small plates and specialty cocktails we desired.

Maya Beaver Creek 3rd of July

The restaurant was bumping when we arrived, and the hostess (who was crazily busy) was nice enough to grab us four margaritas to sip while we waited for our table – great customer service bonus points!  Soon, she showed us to our table and handed us a menu that presented a beautiful predicament: I wanted one of everything, and that was totally an option.

I took a brief moment to pose with my handsome date before we began the decadence.

I took a brief moment to pose with my handsome date before we began the decadence.

The first order of business was a fresh round of cocktails.  I opted for a Sandia Tajin – a watermelon and tequila cocktail that wasn’t overly sweet and had something spicy going on as well.  It was unusual and refreshing.

Maya Sandia

My companions toasted their Blood Orange Margaritas with Pop Rocks rims.  There was a spicy element to these cocktails as well.  We started to notice a trend…

Blood Orange Margarita

We started out with guacamole, which they prepare to order at your table.  The guac was not included in the “Bottomless” menu, but after hearing raves we couldn’t resist it.  We kept it classic, but they also have Bacon, Tuna Tartare, or Spicy Crab Guacamole on the menu.  Next time I’d try one of those because this was good, but some bacon or tuna definitely would have taken it to the next level.

Can we talk about the ham I was seated across from at dinner? Usually when I start taking blog photos my dining companions shrink out of the way, but not this guy.  I love it.  Thanks Paul!

Can we talk about the ham I sat across from at dinner? Usually when I start taking blog photos my dining companions shrink out of the way, but not this guy. I love it.

Along with the guacamole, we tried the first of my favorite dishes of the night: a Tuna Ceviche made with coconut, pineapple and citrus.  The addition of coconut to the traditional citrusy flavors in the ceviche was so amazing that we ordered a second round of this one.

From there, the madness began.  We tried to keep things orderly at in the beginning, but dishes kept trickling out from the busy kitchen out of order until we had no idea what we’d ordered, what was still coming and whether we really should order anything else.  Of course, we kept ordering.  It was delicious delirium.

The low light made it tough to take good photos without using a flash and being “that girl,” and I was enjoying the company and the food too much to pause and document every bite anyway.  So, I’ll have to try to make you drool with menu descriptions alone.  Along with the tuna ceviche, my favorite dishes of the night were:

Tamal a Poblano – corn masa, chili poblano, oaxaca cheese, onion, mole amarillo – Traditional and savory.

Chicken Flautas – crispy corn tortillas, pulled chicken, chili sauce, cotija cheese, crema fresca – At the risk of offending Richard Sandoval (who totally reads my blog), the shells on the Flautas tasted like Fritos in the absolute BEST way possible.  I think we ordered them three times.

Smoked Brisket Tacos – creamy chili slaw, avocado, pickled onion – Smoky and delicious!

Maya Brisket Tacos

Mexico City Style Corn on the Cob – This simple side dish was covered in the most perfect blend of cheese and seasonings and totally blew me away. 

Just as I was enjoying my first bite of corn on the cob, a waiter came to the table to tell us that the fireworks were starting.  Luckily, the corn was on a stick, so I grabbed my corn and we all grabbed our cocktails and hustled out to the patio to take in the show.

Pure happiness.  Don't you judge me!

Pure happiness. Don’t you judge me!

We were probably about a quarter-mile away from the fireworks display, so we still had a great view and were well within earshot.

Avon Fireworks

Avon puts on a truly spectacular fireworks show that went on for a good while, with plenty of the white glittery ones that are my favorite kind.  Once the sky turned dark again, we returned inside to finish our cocktails and the last few bites of our delicious dinner. 

I couldn’t have enjoyed my evening at Maya more, and am already looking forward to returning.  Knowing me, that will probably be for the happy hour they offer daily from 4-6 p.m. with $5 wines and cocktails plus food specials, or for Bottomless Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, when they offer a menu pretty similar to this one for $35 a person including brunch cocktails.

After a fabulous 3rd of July, I had an early wake-up call on the 4th to hit the road for a trip to the beach – recap to come!

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