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 the chefs’ best rendering of food sold on street corners, fondas and mercados in Mexico City adding flavors from the streets of Puebla, Vera Cruz, Oaxaca, Jalisco and Yucatan. The bar features over 150 tequilas and mezcals, and possibly the best margaritas in the city. The concept for Casa Borrega originated when the owners – Hugo Montero, a Mexico City artist, and Linda Stone, an environmentalist from San Francisco – moved to San Antonio for a few years and made frequent visits to Mexico. Hugo and Linda 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.
The kitchen is run by Silvia Santos.Hugo currently serves as General Manager, and Linda handles administration. Both promote the business, working with customers on special private events and providing a safe outdoor environment for all to eat and enjoy during this time of Covid-19.
Casa Borrega is a Benefit Corporation valuing environment, social responsibility, music and culture, and urban and historical revitalization. It is certified green and socially responsible by LifeCity. Owners and staff are proud to be part of Boulevard’s rebirth.
Since opening in July2013, Casa Borrega has been recognized by local and national media, including Fortune Magazine and the New York Times, and was named one of the country’s top ten mezcalerias. Local chefs frequent the restaurant and it has been included in several must visit books including “111 Places You Must Not Miss in New Orleans” and “Eat Dat” by the late Michael Murphy.
Hugo and Linda are eternally grateful to the Stone family for their moral and economic support and to all the Latino immigrants for helping rebuild New Orleans.
*Borrega — a lamb, Mexican animal of good luck and prosperity; also a nickname in Mexico for curly light haired persons.