Mariachi Hospitality Group: Growing a Mexican Brand on Chicago’s North Side

The year was 1996. On a quiet section of North Broadway in Chicago, Antonio Estrada opened a cozy, 10-table Mexican restaurant he called El Mariachi. It was, he admits, a risk: the area, several blocks from Wrigley Field in East Lakeview, was then a more »

Nov 11, 2015 10:18 AM

Tamale Recipes!

Get your restaurant ready for the holidays with this collection of tamale recipes from past issues of el Restaurante! more »

Nov 11, 2015 10:52 AM

Mexican Food in Germany? Sí!

Santa Maria Mexican Restaurant in Berlin serves sophisticated Mexican cuisine and killer margaritas to patrons more accustomed to sausage and potatoes. And they love it! more »

Oct 28, 2015 3:45 PM

El Pescador: 11 Brothers, 14 Restaurants

If you want to find the heart of the Ortiz family, a famous Mexican restaurant family in southern California, you can find it at the old family home in Downey. It’s the home that belonged to Carlos and Isidra Ortiz, and it’s the home more »

Aug 17, 2015 1:27 PM

Lima, Peru: Fresh Seafood, Exotic Fruit, Ancient Grains Combine to Create Famous Cuisine

Stretched along the Pacific Coast of Peru, the South American city of Lima is a world renowned gastronomic center, with an abundance of fresh, local fish and seafood, as well as exotic fruit from tropical lowlands and ancient grains from the Andes. more »

May 20, 2015 7:53 PM

Dynamic Drink Menus: New Twists on Old Favorites Emerging on Cocktail Menus

Mexican and Latin restaurants are putting new twists old favorites and creating new specialty cocktails with big flavors. more »

May 20, 2015 1:07 PM

Latin Highlights of the Western Foodservice Expo

Winning salsa recipes, lively mariachi music, and delicious Mexican wines were among the highlights of the Western Foodservice Expo in Los Angeles, August 22-24. more »

Aug 26, 2015 7:58 PM

Tortillas Take Center Stage

Tortilla sales have quadrupled between 1997 and 2013, and more than $12 billion worth were sold last year. Is your restaurant getting its share? more »

Mar 2, 2015 12:05 PM

Soup’s On: Sopa is a Mexican Menu Essential

Although not everyone north of the border considers soup a required course for the main meal of the day, in Mexico it is almost universally expected. Comida time means soup time. more »

Nov 21, 2014 11:17 AM

Mexico City: Culinary Capital!

Mexico City, a culinary destination with over 2,000 restaurants, plus myriad market stalls and street food stands, is considered one of the world’s great food cities. more »

Mar 2, 2015 12:54 PM

The Popular Pomegranate: An Inviting Menu Addition

Late summer brings a bounty of pomegranates to Mexican markets, as eager chefs and home cooks get ready to prepare the national dish, chiles en nogada. more »

Aug 9, 2014 4:18 PM

Tamale Trends: Old World Meets New World in California Storefront

Tucked into a strip mall in Fresno, Calif., Casa de Tamales’ modest storefront appearance belies the award-winning, flavorful, good-for-you fare found inside. more »

Nov 21, 2014 11:49 AM


Salads are becoming an increasingly popular way for Latin restaurants to please customers who want something healthier and lighter...but still delicious! more »

Aug 9, 2014 5:03 PM

Delicious Desserts

Chef Eduardo Ruiz and the staff at Corazón y Miel in Bell, Calif., love the traditional Mexican popsicle, the paleta. They love liquor, too. When they decided to combine the two, a new dessert was born: Paletas En Su Jugo. more »

May 9, 2014 10:48 AM

Sunrise Success

Breakfast is the most important part of the day, nutritionists say, and it's becoming more important for Mexican restaurants, too. more »

May 9, 2014 12:48 PM

Small Brewery Beers from Latin America Can Spice Up Your Menu

Beer is a big seller at most Mexican restaurants, but patrons are starting to look for something more than the usual varieties. Now several craft brewers are delivering. more »

Aug 9, 2014 4:14 PM

Five Tips to Keep Cross-Contamination From Causing a Foodborne Illness

A foodborne illness can hurt your customers and kill your restaurant. One major cause of foodborne illness is cross-contamination, and here are five tips to prevent that in your restaurant. more »

Aug 8, 2014 4:19 PM

Web Exclusive: Five Ways to Spice Up a Slow Night at Your Restaurant

Are Tuesday nights turgid in your restaurant? Are Wednesdays wicked slow? Try one of the following five tips to get those slow nights hopping. more »

May 13, 2014 6:35 PM

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