By David King

Mi Casita Mexican Cuisine opened at the start of the year and has already impressed the community. Nominated by a local resident as one of the Best Mexican food restaurants in less than three months after opening should get one’s attention, which it has.
When speaking with owner Alexandra Romero, who hails originally from Colombia, Sofia Vergara of “Modern Family” comes to mind. She’s not exactly a doppelganger, but with the accent, stature and energy, the essence is there which makes her the perfect host. Her two partners, Chefs Jose Moran and Jorge Romero, from Michoacan, Mexico, are longtime friends. Jose has 34 years’ experience and Jorge has 24 years’ experience in the kitchen, some at notable venues. They both worked together at the famous Maria Maria restaurant in Walnut Creek owned by musician Carlos Santana.

Gorge, Alexandra, Jose of Mi Casita. Photos by Thomas Rimpel.

Alexandra also worked with Jorge and Jose at the same restaurant in Danville. “I just fell in love with their food. It wasn’t a Mexican restaurant, but they would cook Mexican food, and I just thought, oh my god! What are you guys doing here? This food is absolutely amazing!”
She suggested that they should partner and open their own restaurant, which Jose and Jorge had already been considering.
“I have experience with the front of the house, so I thought it was just the perfect combination, and that’s how Mi Casita started. When Julian’s Restaurant closed, we knew that was the place we wanted.”
Their passion for Mexican food is evident in every dish they serve, each beautifully presented. Jose and Jorge use only the freshest ingredients to create traditional Mexican flavors.
“Our birria is our main dish. We serve several plate dishes featuring birria empanadas, quesadillas and burritos. They are just delicious. All our food is made out of love, out of passion.”

They are also open for breakfast and have already established a reputation for exceptional desserts. Most are made from scratch such as their apple empanadas served with horchata ice cream, and the churros.
Two midweek dine-in promotions have been quite popular. Taco Tuesdays begin at 11:00 a.m. and offers up $1.50 tacos all day in your choice of: chicken, steak, carnitas, al pastor and veggie. Plus, five-dollar margaritas and $4 Mexican beers, or $24 Corona or Modelo buckets will energize any atmosphere.
Wednesday is Family Night. Kids under 12 eat for free — that is one kid per paid adult meal.
This place is large. Back rooms can host parties of up to 25 seated and up to 50 comfortably. Or, as many have already experienced, call upon them to cater your private or company event.
“We love this community. We couldn’t have picked a better city to open our restaurant. I can’t believe we already have so many regulars coming in. We are very grateful!”
We can bet they are going to see a few more regulars as Mi Casita won “Best of Martinez” in the Mexican Food category announced Saturday, June 29, at the Best of Martinez Bash, as voted by the community. Not a bad start after just five months’ work.
View their complete menu at Give them a visit, 3210 Pacheco Blvd. in Martinez. You will be glad you did.