If you want to have a successful Mexican restaurant, it helps if you offer inexpensive fare, stay open late and offer takeout. It's even better if you're located near a few thousand hungry college students. That explains why Maravillas continues to be a Hyde Park favorite. From tacos ($1.75) to burritos ($4.80) to a "Strictly American" menu featuring hot dogs, burgers, pizza puffs and fries, this small restaurant satisfies all your cravings 'til the late evening hours. It's so affordable that high school kids use it as an inexpensive place to hang, and so filling that families stop by for a quick meal.
Takeout is quite popular (delivery is available for an extra $2.50), and its no wonder since the kitchen, bathrooms and dining area are all crammed into a pretty small space. There is a minimum $10 credit card charge, so plan accordingly.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Beatrice Smigasiewicz