The Riviera Maya opened in Bowling Green three to four years ago. It is not your average Mexican restaurant. The interior is made of hardwood and stone from an Indiana High School. Who knows how, but the owner took building materials from an old high school in Indiana and crafted a unique dining spot for the Bowling Green area.
I must admit, I have not eaten at the Riviera since the last Football (Soccer) World Cup. I will be back sooner this time. The waitress told me that the menu was re-vamped three weeks ago. One of the crowd favorites is a fried whole tilapia. I will have that next time. This time around I ordered a meat mixture served in a deep clay pot. The meat mixture consisted of of chicken, beef strips, shrimp, and chorizo. I am sucker for chorizo. Shredded cheese is melted on top.
When it arrived I was amazed. First of all it was a huge amount of food. It wasn't just meat, but peppers, cactus, and scallions. The dish has a wonderful grilled taste. I was expecting it to be similar to fajitas. But that was not the case. The meat was moist and there were a variety of flavors. The vegetables had a wonderful grilled taste.
With the meal I enjoyed a regular margarita. I would have called it a jumbo. It was refreshing and hit the spot. My waitress kept checking on me and brought back extra napkins.
Lots of options on the menu and a wide variety of seafood. For once in the Bowling Green area, I have had something unique. This dish sets this Mexican restaurant apart from the others. Give it a try.
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