Alejandro “Serious Mexican, Mariscos, & Fusion Food” (Photo by Discover Marana)

Discover Marana’s First ‘Taste of Marana Award’ of 2024 Goes To…

May 30, 2024
By Matt Sterner

Discover Marana proudly announces the winner of the first Taste of Marana STANDOUT Restaurant Award of the year: Alejandro, “Serious Mexican, Mariscos, & Fusion Food” at 7850 N. Silverbell Rd. #156. 

The STANDOUT award recognizes nominated local restaurants that offer exceptional food, service, and community involvement. The nomination highlighted the restaurant’s outstanding food, service, and welcoming atmosphere as key reasons for this honor.

Alejandro “Serious Mexican, Mariscos, & Fusion Food” (Photo by Discover Marana)

Owner Alejandro Diaz has a pretty diverse menu featuring dishes ranging from seafood to enchiladas and tacos. Many menu items are named after family members as a way to celebrate life. Diaz opened the restaurant in the Fry’s Shopping Center at Cortaro Road and Silverbell Road in July of 2022 to honor his brother Gilbert and two cousins — all of whom unfortunately passed away just months apart. 

The family turned tragedy into inspiration, founding the restaurant to honor their loved ones. 

“This recognition is a testament to the hard work and passion of our entire team, who strive to bring the best dishes to our guests every day,” said Diaz. “I’m so thankful for the support of my family and community.”

The Taste of Marana STANDOUT award presentation took place at Diaz’s restaurant on Tuesday, May 7 during a special lunch for the Marana Chamber of Commerce’s IMPACT Marana class.

This group of 25 local professionals has spent the past several months immersing themselves in all things Marana. Amanda Wiggins, President and CEO of the Marana Chamber of Commerce says the restaurant is a great example of the small businesses fueling our economy.

Alejandro “Serious Mexican, Mariscos, & Fusion Food” (Photo by Discover Marana)

“We exist to support local businesses and create a thriving community through connected business leadership,” she said. “Nearly two years ago, our Chamber was excited to welcome Alejandro, and his family as a new business in Marana and our Chamber. Since then, Alejandro’s has been a great partner to the business community through hosting Chamber events, catering business meetings, and personally, my family enjoys their taco boxes to go!”

About the Taste of Marana Standout Restaurant Award

The Taste of Marana STANDOUT Restaurant Award is part of Discover Marana’s initiative to promote the local dining scene and showcase the stories behind the restaurants. A strong dining scene is an important part of tourism and a thriving community, especially in light of the challenges that restaurateurs have faced in the last several years due to labor shortages, supply chain issues, and inflation.

Discover Marana invites the public to nominate their favorite local restaurants for the next award.

The nomination form can be found on Discover Marana’s website.

Discover Marana hopes to honor up to 10 local restaurant owners who stand out in their field. The first STANDOUT award winner was Nana’s Kitchen back in August of 2023 and Vero Amore – Dove Mountain in November 2023. Both restaurants have been in the community for 15 years! 

Alejandro, “Serious Mexican, Mariscos, & Fusion Food” is located at 7850 N. Silverbell Rd. #156. For more information, visit

Discover Marana the official destination marketing organization for the Town of Marana. For more information about Discover Marana and its programs, visit For more places to eat in Marana, check out our essential guide.

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