Local Restaurant Spotlight: Mestizos Mexican Cafe
By Nick Rama, Link Local Food Ambassador
Mestizos Mexican Cafe, owned and operated by Jacob Jaimes, brings authentic Mexican and Tex-Mex cooking along with a full bar and excellent service to South Montgomery county. Mestizos Mexican Cafe is conveniently located close to 45 on Hwy 242 diagonally across from the Harper’s Landing HEB. The location is turning one year old, already planning an expansion into the space next door.
Jacob is no stranger to the restaurant business, he grew up in the industry right alongside his father who owns a successful local chain of Mexican restaurants that have been in business for over 15 years. Jacob was raised learning how to run a restaurant and what good service is all about and has put his own spin on multi-dimensional flavors with dishes you usually don’t find at other area Mexican restaurants.
Appetizer highlights include Queso Flameado, Quesadillas, Nachos, Flautas, and even Wings.
Entrees: Go ahead and get adventurous with their Build your own Burrito – with choices of Fajita Aseda, Pastor, Carnitas, Milanesa, Ground Beef, Shrimp, Chorizo, Barbacoa, Lengua, Ham or Tinga.
Tacos are king in Texas and are readily available at Mestizos, but standard Mexico street food is what Jacob and his team bring to the table. Gorditas, Tortas with pillow-soft telera bread, and Huarache are prepared authentically with your choice of meat, onion, cheese & crema
Enchiladas are all custom made, with eight signature sauces to choose from including :
Mole, Guajillo, Chipotle, Poblano Cream, Beef Gravy, Ranchero, Tomatillo, and Chile Con Queso.
Mestizos also has traditional fajitas but here is where it gets interesting, the fajitas can be elevated by adding some very throughout toppings, six different ways:
Mestizos – Bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, bacon, and Monterey cheese.
Mexicana – Tomato, Onion, Cilantro, and Jalapeños Sautéed in a Homemade Ranchero Sauce.
Chipotle – Mushroom, Onion, and Cilantro sautéed w/ Homemade Chipotle Sauce. And a Sprinkle Of Monterey Jack Cheese.
Diablas – Jalapeños, Onions, Tomato, and Cilantro Sautéed in Our Homemade Diabla Salsa.
Monterrey – Onions, Mushroom, and Bell Peppers Sautéed w/ a Sprinkle of Monterey Jack Cheese.
Poblanas – Poblano Peppers and Red Onions Slowly Cooked in a Creamy Wine Sauce.
The menu truly has something for everyone, soups, salads, ceviche, seafood, fish tacos, and even burgers. Some of their popular specialty dishes are:
Torta Mestizos – Layered with beef milanesa, fried egg, salchichas, ham, lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado, cheese, jalapenos, beans & mayo. Served with French fries.
Pollo En Mole – Grilled Chicken Breast Topped With Our Delicious Homemade Mole Sauce. Layed On a Bed Of Spanish Rice, Served W/ Guacamole, Pico De Gallo, and Charro Beans.
Chile Relleno – Roasted Poblano Pepper stuffed w/ Monterey Jack Cheese and topped with homemade Ranchero Salsa. Served with Spanish Rice and Refried Beans.
Mestizos Breakfast tacos, tortas, plates, Chilaquiles and Huevos Rancheros and sandwiches are also available all day starting at 10 am.
Mestizos full bar features many flavors of margaritas, Strawberry | Peach | Mango | Raspberry | Blue Curacao Melon | Amaretto | Watermelon.
Charro Negro – Reposado Tequila, Jarrito Mexican Cola
Jarriloco – Silver Tequila, Triple Sec, Lime juice, Mango Chunks, Chamoy, Jarrito Tamarind
Orange Sangria – Brandy, Orange Juice, Sangria Senorial
Check out their monthly drinks specials and weekday happy hour by following their Facebook page.
Live Local sat down with Jacob to find out more about Mestizos Mexican Cafe.
1) What percentage of the menu is scratch-made, and where did the recipes come from?
Mestizos Mexican Cafes Menu is 90%-95% made from scratch, from the Dough for Huarache and gorditas, to the salsas and tortillas. We make it all, fresh daily!
2) What was the inspiration for your current menu and what ingredients are sourced locally?
My Inspiration for the Mestizos menu was just my upbringing in Mexican Cuisine. My father has been a restaurateur for the past 18 years and to bring Real Authentic Traditional Mexican Entrees and the love for Tex-Mex all to one unique menu.
3) Mestizos has a full bar with Cocktails, Margaritas, and Beer? What are your crowd-pleasers?
Cocktails: Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Spiked Strawberry Limeade
Margaritas: Skinny “Mestizos” Margarita
Beer: All Beers but DOS XX Lager tops the List
4) Mestizos serves breakfast all day, do you have plans to open earlier than 10 am?
We plan on opening earlier for breakfast. We are in the process of creating a separate breakfast/lunch menu. Omelets, skillets, Traditional Mexican Breakfast entrees, etc.
5) What is your personal favorite breakfast here?
Chilaquiles with Guajillo salsa topped with Beef Fajita or Huevo con Chorizo torta.
6) What is your personal perfect meal from start to finish here at Mestizos?
Our Delicious Pollo en Mole. It is my absolute favorite meal on the menu (Personal Opinion), I eat it a few times a week till this day.
7) How is Mestizos Mexican Cafe involved in their local community?
We sponsor Local Schools (college park), Montgomery County Precinct 3, and we recently started donating portions of our sales to Montgomery county food bank, teaming up with Nicks Local Eats – Drink For Charity and the local restaurant owners in our area!
8) The taco competition is strong on the northside, what sets yours apart?
The flavor we put into our 12 different meat options, and the Taco salsas we make from scratch to pair just right with every bite.
9) Where did the name Mestizos Mexican Cafe come from?
It was a name my father had used in his first Taqueria he ever opened, which just so happens to be created in a local gas station in our neighborhood. The meaning behind “Mestizos” is just a person who has a mix of two or more different Races. For example, I am 1/2 American and 1/2 Mexican so I am considered to be a Mestizo.
10) We like to ask what’s the locals eating, so what are your top sellers for each category on the menu:
Appetizers: Flautas or Queso Flameado
Entrees: Tacos or Enchiladas
Fajita Dishes: Fajitas Poblanas
Specialty Plates: Pollo en Mole
Tacos: Beef Fajita or Barbacoa
Burgers: “Mestizos” Burger
Desserts: Tres Leches **Made In-House**
11) Mestizos is already planning an expansion into the next-door space, what do you plan to do differently and what plans do you have for that space?
First and foremost is to create a welcoming atmosphere and adding a “Host” to formally greet and sit guests. Adding the new addition obviously increases capacity but also allows us to create a “Private or Party room” for future Birthdays, Events, and Celebrations. With Completion of the additional space will come our Custom covered patio that will be the tip of the Iceberg.
12) 5 words to describe Mestizos Mexican Cafe:
Authentic – Friendly – Unique – Cozy – Consistent
Mestizos Mexican Cafe is located at 9803 Hwy 242 Suite. 900 in Conroe across from the new Harpers Landing H-E-B.
Follow Mestizos on Facebook- Facebook.com/MestizosMexicanCafe
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