Mar 6, 2024 - Food and Drink

Stone Oak's new Maíz is a love letter to Mexico, family

An intimate dining room with low-lit light fixtures and wall decor.

The intimate dining room. Photo: Madalyn Mendoza/Axios

Surrounded by her family, chef Maricela Rangel Trujillo is moving into San Antonio's culinary scene with Maíz, which opens Wednesday in Stone Oak.

Dig in: The menu is based on recipes passed down from Trujillo's family in Zacatecas, Mexico.

  • "I want you to feel how I felt whenever I got home and ate the food that my mom cooked for me," Trujillo said during a preview dinner this week.
  • Trujillo is the mother of chef Juan Carlos Bazan, who is the mind behind Toro Kitchen and Bar and Cuishe Cocina Mexicana.

The vibe: Find this dreamy date night spot at 923 North Loop 1604. A canopy of rattan light shades set the scene for the space, which is filled with the soft and romantic melodies of Mana's hits. The food is served on beautiful, hand-painted clay plates.

  • Plus, it's BYOB with no corkage fees.

What to try: Enchiladas Maíz, a tasty ensemble of four chicken-stuffed enchiladas smothered in a creamy sauce, corn and lettuce salad. The cecina (dried beef) and the arrachera are also great options.

  • If you're extra hungry, try the queso fundido con discada (a mix of grilled meats) as an appetizer and end with sweet corn-topped tres leches for dessert.
A spread of clay, decorated plates with dishes like enchiladas, fresh tortillas, rice, chips and salsa.
The arrachera, enchiladas and (free) chips and salsa. Photo: Madalyn Mendoza/Axios

💭 Madalyn's thought bubble: I tend to gauge my restaurant experience by the chips and salsa, and Maíz exceeded expectations with theirs — plus the setup included impeccable refried beans.

  • But what truly captivated me was witnessing the genuine family dynamic at Maíz. With Trujillo's children warmly welcoming guests and assisting with serving. The restaurant is a true family affair.
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