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Atlanta’s one and only Oh…Maria offers a cozy approach to upscale Mexican dining. Situated in Buckhead, the family enterprise is the second to grace Atlanta after the opening of Zocalo, a more casual midtown spot, also owned by the Martinez-Obregon clan.
The restaurant’s culinary and architectural delights are drenched in authentic cultural flavor and ravishing detail. Earthy colors, adobe tiles and romantic lighting give the interior a warm feeling — items shipped straight from Mexico are everywhere, from the giant-size candles to the colorful sculptures and souvenirs shelved behind the hostess’s stand. In the barroom, a starry mural of vintage San Diego is gaze-worthy for those sampling from Oh…Maria’s 600 tequilas.
At Oh…Maria, red snapper is embraced by warm banana leaves, rib-eye steaks are flanked by rajas creme along with sauteed bananas, black beans and guacamole. Creamy desserts are given sumptuous titles, such as “Seductive Poetry” and “Forbidden Love.” Inclusive of meat, poultry, seafood, vegetarian and children’s selections, the menu is an index of dishes that are all piquant to the tongue and appealing to the eye.
Oh…Maria is found at 3167 Peachtree Road; (404) 261-2032.