Casa Traditional -THE COCINA YOU CAME TO MEXICO FORFeatured
Lets face it. You didn’t travel to the spectacular seaside town of Punta Mita for pizza. If you’re a foodie like me, hungrily searching for a Cocina Mexicana, the authentic and soul-stirring traditional cuisines of Mexico, in a setting as charming and authentic as the food itself, come to Casa Tradicional, and come hungry. The building alone is worth the visit. Colorful walls covered with hand woven baskets, beautiful Mexican themed artwork, traditional red tiled ceilings and hand hewn beams in a wide open space created to give you an experience you won’t easily forget. One visit, one meal, one chip dipped into their table-made guacamole, one hand-blended cocktail and Casa Tradicional will instantly transport you to exactly what you’re hoping for. Raul, the owner and Lupita, the charming restaurant manager, set out to create more than a great place to eat but a great way to experience the real Mexico with their repertoire of traditional and legendary menu choices. As Raul kept bringing our table a parade of remarkable dishes to try, he told me his goal was to re-inspire and reinterpret Mexican favorites into gourmet treasures. If you think Mexican cuisine starts and stops at the taco stand, you are in for a cultural as well as the gastronomical surprise of your life. A quick trip down their menu shows how well they have put this slice of Mexican heaven together. You can start with a perfectly made, icy cocktail, in a colorful hand-blown glass. Then try the Shrimp and Tuna Tatar, Green Ceviche, Guacamole made right at your table the old fashioned way or the Tres Chiles Octopus, that is so good you’ll wish you had 8 arms to take it all in. Then move to the Seafood Soup made from the day’s fresh catch. Delicate and nuanced Squash Blossom Soup, a crispy Tortilla Salad, or try Casa Tradicional’s take on traditional enchiladas that would make a Mexican abuela, that’s grandmother, jealous and Fajitas that are well beyond fantastic. Be sure to save room for the remarkable entrée dishes on the menu, from Cochinita Pibil, slow-roasted pork in a mouth-watering marinade from the Yucatan. Chicken Mole from Oaxaca, Beef Barbacoa, slow cooked beef with dried chilies, Carnitas Michoacan, pork in butter with spices and oranges cooked to perfection in a copper saucepan, Vera Cruz fresh fish, Al Pastor Shrimp, Tequila Shrimp or A La Talla fish, served on a banana leaf. You’ll find Casa Tradicional on the main road into Punta Mita in a colorful building you can’t miss. Don’t miss your chance to indulge all your foodie fantasies in what is now my favorite place for cocina Mexicana in all of Mexico.