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Video: Interview with Casa Borrega owner, Hugo Montero from TUMS ultimate tailgate after LSU wins championship game in New Orleans

“Montero says that as much as he wants Casa Borrega to be approachable, he also hopes to “train people” in…how spices and flavors are traditionally used, including those from such regions as Puebla, Veracruz, Oaxaca, Jalisco, and Yucatan. “- The Restaurant Owner Striving to Establish a Place for Mexican Food in New Orleans  – Eater New Orleans

“Classic Mexican fare and frequent live music draw locals to this festive cantina. Fans swear by the sumptuous mole dishes and the margaritas.”   Where to Go in New Orleans The New York Times 

Great Article from Fortune Magazine Online featuring Casa Borrega –  3 destinations for Carnival

“Mex Beyond Tex – A journey to authenticity”  by Jay Forman of My New

“This eclectic Central City restaurant and live music venue serves up authentic Mexican for lunch and dinner and also features tequila and mezcal galore.”  NOLA  EATER

“Central City’s Casa Borrega serves up authentic Mexican tamales and tostadas in a renovated 1891 Greek Revival home. The vibrant spot is adorned with antique artwork and repurposed items, including a stained-glass window from San Antonio, iron chandeliers, and other salvaged elements from buildings in New Orleans, Texas, and Mexico.”  Weekender: New Orleans – Boston Magazine

“The dining room of this charming Mexican restaurant is a mélange of original artwork and recyclables transformed into objects of expression. The aesthetic continues on the colorful back patio, which feels as much like Mexico City or Austin, Texas, as it does Central City in New Orleans, a neighborhood that Casa Borrega has helped transform with its straightforward Mexican cuisine. Its margaritas taste even better in the great outdoors.” – 6 old and new spots for outdoor dining and drinks

“If Mexican is more your forte, Casa Borrega cannot be missed. The restaurant itself is housed in an 1892 Greek revival home completely renovated with recycled materials. Patrons rave about the atmosphere and the delicious Pico de Gallo.” IHG  – Discover New Orleans Ward by Ward

“A gem of a joint.” Where Magazine

“ Killer caipirinha”  Judy Walker, Times Picayune 

Montero and his wife, Linda Stone, spent more than four years restoring the two-story building on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard that houses Casa Borrega, a restaurant whose opening realized a vision that encompasses more than its welcome celebration of straightforward Mexican cooking. Brett Anderson, The Times Picayune 

shot1Hugo Montero and Linda Stone refurbished the 19th Century house into a totally green dreamland.” Gwendolyn Knapp, Eater NOLA

“Cross the threshold into Casa Borrega… and the ambience becomes immersive and transporting…On some nights, Casa Borrega feels like a traditional Mexican restaurant, while on other nights it’s more like a music club. When you start taking in the details it can seem like an art installation. Together, it adds up to a pretty convincing argument to look beyond the burrito.” Ian McNulty, The New Orleans Advocate

 “I’ve always judged Mexican eateries on their mole sauce, and in this respect Casa Borrega hit the mark…Agave lovers will be pleased by the impressive list of tequilas and mescals…Casa Borrega is worth the trip to Central City if you’re looking for authentic Mexican cuisine at a fair price, in a fun, funky-cool room.” Scott Gold, The Gambit 

dish2 “The menu is heavy on the sort of antojitos popular in Mexico’s capital. There are tacos, yes, but also sopes, griddled cakes of cornmeal with black beans, queso fresco, radish…Whole roasted red snapper comes à la Veracruzana, with onions, garlic, tomato, chiles and olives, and there’s a daily ceviche made with seafood from the Gulf.”  Robert Peyton, New Orleans Magazine

“Hugo Montero and Linda Stone, owners of Casa Borrega, are staying true to their promise to maintain a cultural center within their restaurant.” Mary Devon Dupuy, NOLA Defender

“In a city that lacks many options for authentic Mexican cuisine, Casa Borrega is a breath of fresh air in Oretha Castle Haley with its bright, colorful cuisine, and unique decorative style. Grab a chair and a margarita and you just might feel transported to Mexico City for a moment.” The Daily Meal

“This brand new establishment is a real gem New Orleans is lucky to have. Mexico City native, Hugo Montero, refurbished the entire building out of recycled material..He felt New Orleans was lacking proper portrayal of Latin culture…They serve traditional Mexican cuisine with an extensive selection of Tequilas. At night they feature the cities best talent in Latin music in a beautiful atmosphere.” Robert Offner, Southern Stringer

“The Crescent City has always had its fair share of various foreign cuisines (particularly Italian and French, naturally), but for some reason authentic Mexican fare has long escaped her. No longer. The steadily growing corridor of O.C.H. Blvd. houses Casa Borrega, now serving up traditional, handmade tortillas, dark mole sauce, and a tequilla/mezcal list that will literally make your head spin.”  Scott Gold, Thrillist

“Hugo Montero’s first calling as an artist extends to his restaurant, which can alternately feel like a dancehall and an ad hoc Meso-American cultural center.”  The New Orleans Advocate’s Dining Guide for Central City

“As far as mezcal spots in New Orleans, I’d say the top spot would be Casa Borrega. The food menu focuses on dishes from Mexico City’s street vendors, and the cocktail list runs two pages and includes three different margaritas.”  10 Best Mezcal Bars in the Country The Daily Meal 

Casa Borrega featured in Eater Heat Map for Spring 2016