featured, Latin Cuisine, Mexican Specialties, Seafood Specialties

Menu of the Month: Californio Tasting Dinner

The following is a small sampling of the menu items I offer. For a more extensive selection, please see the Modern Mexican menu on Tres Señoritas Gourmet, our sister site


Mexican Cheese and Cured Meats Board

Mexican Cheese Board
Grilled Chile-Lime Baby Cactus/ Queso Fresco/ Habanero Jack/ Cured Chorizo/ Panel Cheese with Guava Paste/ Cecina: cured Mexican beef (not shown)

Elote Pops: (seasonal) our version of a Mexican street food favorite, grilled, dusted with lime butter and Cotija cheese, topped with my signature Burnt Chipotle Mecca Salsa

Charred Elote Bites

Alas Locas- “crazy” chicken wings, select from Mole, Chipotle BBQ, Mexican Dry Spiced

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photo by riNux

Handmade Blue Corn Tortillas / Black Bean Hummus/ Chorizo & Wild Mushrooms (see below) or choose “Higo” de Gallo (Pico de Gallo with fresh figs) or Charred Panela Cheese & Avocado

Black Bean Hummus Chorizo Mushrooms

Tapenades / Flatbread

Poblano / Black Olive / Fig Tapenade

 Hearts of Palm Dip

Salpicon de Mariscos Mixta: “salpicon” literally translates as a “jumble”, I use crab meat and shrimp with fresh lime and chile, served on a house-made tostada


Seared Scallop/ Burnt Chipotle Mecca Salsa

Scallop Spoons


House cured Tequila-Cilantro Salmon Rosettes on Cucumber Coin



Trio of Moles

Mole Verde made with tomatillo, cilantro, romaine lettuce, pumpkin seeds, and epazote/ Blackberry Mole/ Hazelnut Mole / handmade corn tortillas made from locally-milled masa

trio of moles


Tostadita de Pollo en Mole
Blackberry mole / handmade “green” nopalito-corn tortilla / shredded chicken / Queso Cotija / plantain chip

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Tamal De Cazuela

Choice of Corn /Sweet Red & Poblano Chiles/ Onions / Garbanzos / Green Beans or Tinga de Pollo (Mexican chicken fricassee with Chipotle Chiles, Spanish White Onion, Cinnamon, and Spices)

tamal de cazuela from book


Eggplant en Nogada

Eggplant Nogada

Eggplant/Poblanos/Golden Raisins/Walnut with a Walnut Crema Mexicana Sauce


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Grilled Chilean Sea Bass grilled in Banana Leaf / Meyer Lemon & Peruvian Orange / Pasilla & Ancho Chile Adobo


Pistachio-crusted Salmon with Pistachio Pipian
(Pipians, similar to moles, are thick sauces made with seeds, nuts, chiles and spices)
Purple Peruvian Fingerlings / shredded rainbow carrots / roasted tomatillo half


Fresh Mango Salsa / Sweet Potato Plantain Mash


Carne Enchilada Estilo Michoacán: Beef Brisket / Pasilla Chile Salsa /Tomatillos


Fig Sorbet

Spiced Fig Sorbet / Pistachio Dust


Mexican Corn Cake

Cienna’s Agave & Rum Soaked Mexican Corn Cake


BBQ, Cinco de Mayo, Gluten-free, Holiday Menus, Latin Cuisine, Mexican Specialties

Margaritas & Mexican Mixed Grill


Starter: Guacamole

Chunky, traditional, authentic

Grilled Caesar (did you know Caesar salad originated in Mexico?)

Next: Something Cool

Berry Gazpacho / Grilled Chipotle Shrimp/Tabasco Granita

Carne Asada: Grilled steak marinated in my artisan 3-chile adobado and then grilled to order

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Pollo Adobado: Grilled Chicken marinated in our housemade adobado

Shrimp Skewers / Mojo de Ajo

Grilled Lobster Tails/ Mojo de Ajo

Grilled Chorizo (Housemade Mexican Sausage)

served with artisanal salsas

Salsa y Totopos
Salsa Verde /Pico de Gallo / Burnt Chipotle-Agave / Fresh Corn Salsa
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Volcanes: Grilled Baby Cactus Paddles with refried beans and Queso Oaxaca. Photo by Adriana Almazan Lahl from Celebraciones Mexicanas: History, Traditions and Recipes. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Frijoles Charros or Cowboy Beans
Rancho Gordo black beans, cooked with Negra Modelo Mexican beer, Chorizo (Mexican sausage), bacon, onions and spicy Serrano chiles

Hand-made Tortillas

Charred Elote Bites
Elote (Grilled Corn Mexican-style) Pops/Chipotle-Agave Salsa/Cotija

Fresh Corn Masa & Cacao Sorbet


Making a great margarita is part art, part science. It requires a Mix Master (we’ve got a great one!) and quality ingredients, from the lime juice to the tequila to the rim salt. What’s so different about Margaritas Tres Señoritas (our sister company which specializes in Mexican catering and fiestas)?

We use fresh squeezed lime juice and tiny, tangy Mexican or Key limes
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We squeeze our limes by hand using a Mexican lime-juicer, which releases the precious aromatic oils hidden in the skin of the fruit
We allow our fresh-squeezed lime juice to “mellow” overnight for a smoother, silkier margarita
We use organic agave syrup as a sweetener, not sugar and water
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We recommend a reposado tequila that has been aged in small barrels
We recommend Torres Orange over Gran Marnier: it’s lighter and easier to blend
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We rim our glasses with Sal de Vida’s Ancho Chile Lime Salt

Gluten-free, Holiday Menus, Latin Cuisine, Mexican Specialties, Mother's Day, Valetine's Day Dinner

Summer Floral Notes 6-course Dinner Menu

Nothing says “Mother’s Day” quite like flowers! In this unusual menu, I infuse something floral in every course to create an unforgettable meal.


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Salmon Candy/ Edible Flowers

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Flores de Callebaza Rellenos
Squash blossom flowers / Bellwether Farms ricotta

Raw Artichoke Salad / Parmigiano Reggiano / Mint

baby arugula / Napa Valley EVO


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photo by Ann Larie Valentine

Quail in Rose Petal
(the very same dish that was made famous in the bestseller Like Water for Chocolate)

served with

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Rosa Rodgriguez prepares an all-natural gelatin dessert which is completely edible, artwork on a plate in a French tradition that migrated to Mexico

Day of the Dead, Gluten-free, Holiday Menus, Latin Cuisine, Mexican Specialties



Tortitas de Cempazuchitl en Caldito

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(Marigold Patties in Tomato Broth)

Marigolds are the flowers traditionally strewn along the say to guide the returning spirits of the departed and are used in recipes special to this season


Pumpkin Mole


served with your choice of chicken or turkey

Mexican “Red” Rice

Frijoles de Olla

(Rancho Gordo beans, stewed for 24 hours in a clay pot, which adds a subtle but perceptible flavor)

Tortillas a Mano

(Handmade corn tortillas)

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Calebaza en Tacha

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Photo by Adriana Almazan Lahl from Celebraciones Mexicanas: History, Traditions and Recipes, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

(Candied pumpkin)

Pan de Muertos

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Photo by Adriana Almazan Lahl from Celebraciones Mexicanas: History, Traditions and Recipes by Andrea Lawson Gray and Adriana Almazan Lahl, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

(Bread of the Dead, omitted from Gluten-free menu)

Brunch- a Culinary Journey, Latin Cuisine, Mexican Specialties

Buenas Dias: Mexican Brunch

My Brunch: a Culinary Journey menus offer you a taste of Paris, Italy or Mexico. Or you can stay home for a Classic American Brunch.

From our bartender, “Making a great margarita is part art, part science, and quality ingredients, from the lime juice to the tequila to the rim salt. What’s so different about Margaritas? Take a look here! Or, for a lighter option, choose our Mimosas Tres Señoritasmade with our housemade agua de melon (like lemonade, but made with fresh canteloupe), *Champagne and topped with Cointreau.


Café Mexicana de Olla con Canela/Traditional Mexican Coffee with Cinnamon

prepared in a clay pot (imparts flavor), brewed with stick of Mexican cinnamon


Horchata (sweetened Mexican rice water) with a double shot of espresso


Fresh, seasonal organic fruit assortment with chile and lime G

House-made Mexican Pastry assortment


Huevos Rancheros con Choriizo G

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Quiche de Calebazita

Mexican White Zucchini with Manchego cheese

Eggs Benedict served on house-made on a corn-masa sope (see below)  G

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Photo by Adriana Almazan Lahl from Celebraciones Mexicanas: History, Traditions and Recipes, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Rabo de Mestiza
Hardboiled Eggs with Poblano Chiles and Creamed Tomato Sauce G

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Photo by Adriana Almazan Lahl from Celebraciones Mexicanas: History, Traditions and Recipes, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED


Day-old tortillas, with your choice of tomato-chipotle or green salsa (verde)

topped with fried egg or shredded chicken

and Queso Cotija

Baked Motul-Style Eggs from Mexico’s Yucatan G

Baked Eggs Motul

refried beans, salsa, Manchego cheese

Ensalada de Carne Apache 


Carne Apache is Yucatan specialty, made with tender Filet Mignon that is marinated in lime with chiles until “cooked” (similar to how ceviche is prepared) and topped with Queso Cotija. I toss it with baby Spring greens, arugula, tomatoes and red onions in a California cuisine adaptation of the dish.

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Photo by Adriana Almazan Lahl from Celebraciones Mexicanas: History, Traditions and Recipes, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Open-Faced Refried Beans and Melted Cheese Sandwiches

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Photo by Adriana Almazan Lahl from Celebraciones Mexicanas: History, Traditions and Recipes, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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with Fried or Poached Eggs (available as Eggs Benedict)


House made Chorizo

•Mixed greens with Queso Fresco and Red and Green tomatoes tossed with Lime-Shitake Vinaigrette G

Frijoles de Olla /Traditional Claypot-beans G

red or black, stewed in the tradition of Mexican grandmothers 24 hours in a hand-
thrown Clay-pot


Capirotada (Mexican Bread Pudding)

served warm topped with whipped cream and seasonal berries

French, Latin Cuisine, Mexican Specialties

Comida Afrancesada- FrenchMex fusion

The 1800’s brought the brief yet important colonization of Mexico by the French (ending in the infamous Battle of Puebla on the 5th of May, or Cinco de Mayo). With the empire of Maximilian and the presidency of Porfirio Díaz came what is now known in Mexico as La Comida Afrancesada. Some of the important cooking methods and ingredients of this fusion were caldos (broths), baño a la Maria (the method of using vapor to cook, as in a double-boiler or placing a baking pan in a casserole of water in the oven, and the introduction of mousses, quiche and salmon imported from France.

Volvones de Pollo en Mole 

Vol-au-Vent Puff (pastry shells), chicken morsels, traditional Poblano Mole


Volvones de Camarones Alfrancesada

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Vol-au-Vent Puff (pastry shells), baby shrimp, tarragon buerre blanc

Quail in Rose and Hibiscus Sauce

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Quiche de Calebaza

Mexican white zucchini, mild poblano chiles, Mexican Manchego cheese


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photo by Adriana Almazan Lahl from Celebraciones Mexicanas: History, Traditions and Recipes by Andrea Lawson Gray and Adriana Almazan Lahl, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

 fresh-baked bolillos (Mexican bread rolls) spread with well-fried frijoles a la olla  (bean stewed in a clay pot for 24 hours, the pot imparts a subtle but distinctive flavor), topped with chorizo, Mexican Manchego cheese and pico de gallo

Avocado Mousse with Brie, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

served with baguette croutes

Crepas de Huitlacoche

Corn Truffle Crepes (seasonal)




Steamed egg custard, made with cream, milk and Queso Fresco, with caramel topping
Classic French Cheeses from Mission Cheese, let us have our sommelier recommend a dessert wine.

Crepas de Dulce de Leche

Healthy Menu Options, Latin Cuisine, Mexican Specialties, Vegetarian

Vegetarian Mexican Dinner Menu

 Allow our sommelier to recommend a wine pairing (service available upon request).


Black Bean Dip topped with Pico de Gallo and Panela Cheese


Empanadas- filled w/sweet potato/goat cheese, chopped pecans

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and a hint of green onion, baked to a golden brown, served with chipotle aoili


Sopa de Lentejas on Piña, Peras y Plantanos

Lentil Soup with Pineapple, Pears and Plantain


Chilled Avocado Soup

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(made without cream)


Mexican Gazpacho


Roasted Mushroom Salad

with sun-dried tomato/chipotle vinaigrette


Kale Caesar

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(did you know that the Caesar Salad was invented in Tijuana?!)


Pipian Verde con Verduras y Chochoyotes 

Similar to Mexico’s famous moles, the term “pipianes” in its broadest use refers to sauces made with seeds, nuts or grains. This dish combines raw (green) pumpkin seeds, tomatillos, jalapeños, and sesame seeds. We serve it with chayote, calabaza (Mexican white zucchini), green beans and carrots with Masa dumplings


Vegetable Paella


Saffron rice, house-roasted red and yellow peppers, sugar snap peas, wild mushrooms, cauliflorets, and roast artichoke hearts

Enchiladas de Espinaca y Queso de Cabra 

Enchiladas with Spinach and Goat Cheese. For this dish (recipe courtesy of Iliana de la Vega of Austin’s El Naranjado) we add pinenuts for texture and top off our enchiladas with a salsa made from chiles moritas


Calebazita Rellena

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Stuffed Mexican White Zucchini

Served with Frijoles Negros a la Olla (black beans stewed for 24 hours in a clay pot, which imparts a subtle but distinctive flavor)


Arroz Verde

White rice flavored with mild poblano chiles and cilantro

Handmade Corn Tortillas

(see photos top of page)


Flan de Elote (Corn custard)

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