and salsa, we were served some killer salsa made with smoked chipolte
peppers. It does a slow heat so you can really enjoy it. I've always like
the red, green and blue corn chips that are mingled with the yellow
Dona Maria offers the traditional Mexican combos -- fajitas, tacos,
burritos and other popular specialties such as carnitas, arroz con pollo,
steak and seafood dishes -- all served with rice and beans.
We ordered guacamole while waiting for our food. It was served with
flour tortilla chips that were a bit unusual but good. We were given
complimentary cups of delicious vegetable soup.
Dona Maria also serves vegetarian dishes. My friend enjoyed the
spinach enchiladas entree, which was wonderful, with lots of fresh
spinach and large, fresh mushrooms made with pico de gallo and smothered
in a tomatillo sauce with cheese.
My husband ordered a crisp, fresh salad, which came with chunks of
grilled chicken, avocado and tomato in a great house dressing.
The carnitas I ordered were plentiful, with large, moist and yummy
chunks of roasted pork that came with a choice of tortillas. It was
served with rice and beans. The beans were the usual ordinary refried
beans, but the rice was light with bits of vegetables throughout.
For dessert, we tried the flan. It was rich with that wonderful
vanilla flavor and a light caramel sauce over it.
Today's guest restaurant critic is Marje Koerber of Glendale. She is a
licensed insurance solicitor for State Farm Insurance in Tujunga. Koerber
writes for Big Bear Magazine and also writes poetry.
IF YOU GO:
WHERE: Dona Maria Mexican Restaurant, 729 Foothill Blvd, La Canada
LIQUOR: Full bar.
HOURS: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
PRICES: Entrees $5.25 to $10.95, slightly higher at dinner. Dinner
menu same as lunch.