Welcome to Casa Borrega, where we offer street food and specialties from Mexico City, ancient capital of the Aztecs, Tenochtitlan. In the last 500 years, invaders, immigrants and refugees from Spain, France, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, South America and other regions of Mexico made their mark on the indigenous culture of the Capitalinos, especially the food. These cultures brought new spices, meats, and bread to the country that brought the world corn, chocolate, tomato, avocado, vanilla, and many peppers.
Mexico has one of the few cuisines on UNESCO’s world heritage lists. At Casa Borrega you will find our best rendering of the food sold on street corners, fondas and mercados in Mexico City adding flavors from the states of Puebla, Veracruz, Oaxaca, Jalisco and Yucatan. The bar features over 100 tequilas and mezcals.
In the kitchen we are pleased to present Perla Xochitl Sanchez from Mexico City, Dora Frias from Tabasco, Mexico, and Ever Calderon and Mario Guercas from Guatemala. Iris Cardona from Honduras, the owners’ son Yves Montero Elizalde, and owner Hugo Montero can be found behind the bar and overseeing execution of dishes in the kitchen.
The concept for Casa Borrega originated when the owners—Hugo, an artist from Mexico City, and Linda, an environmentalist from San Francisco—moved to San Antonio for a few years and made frequent visits to Mexico. Hugo and Linda had raised their families in New Orleans, and always wanted to share the Mexican culture and heritage with the Crescent City.
Casa Borrega is a green, historical renovation of an 1891 Greek Revival home. In the Boulevard’s heyday, a couple of Jewish women ran a thrift store in a portion of the house. The building was in disrepair when Hugo and Linda purchased it in 2008. It was gutted and rebuilt, using as many existing features as possible, while adding salvaged elements from buildings in New Orleans, Texas and Mexico. Many of the local materials were sourced from The Green Project, which Linda founded in 1994.
Casa Borrega is a Benefit Corporation, which means we value environment, urban and historical revitalization, art and music in addition to profit. We host Latin cultural events, are a certified green business, and help form an important creative triangle on Oretha Castle Haley with Ashe and Zeitgeist Arts Centers.
We are eternally grateful to the Stone family for their moral and economic support; Ricardo Ponce, carpenter extraordinaire, for his artistry with Casa Borrega; and to all the Latino immigrants for helping rebuild New Orleans.