La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, my home town, is blessed with an abundance of fine restaurants, La Cascada being one of them. New owners Joe and Priscilla Sulham are offering an international menu, and feature beautiful Mexican plates for breakfast.
Lucky me. I live almost right across the street from La Cascada (Spanish for waterfall). Three minutes after we walk out our gate, Russ and I can be placing our orders for Squash Blossom Crêpes in a creamy poblano sauce or Enfrijoladas (pictured above). Somedays, it is hard to stand in front of the stove when I know what awaits us at nearby restaurants. This was one of those days.
While I was visiting their kitchen, this classic Mexican dish of Enfrijoladas was being prepared for another table. I took advantage of my proximity, but unfortunately, all I had in my hands at the time was a camera and not a fork. La Cascada’s version of Enfrijoladas is corn tortillas filled with scrambled eggs and chorizo, bathed in a bean sauce. (En-frijol-adas –“in beans” is the literal translation.)
Two of my table mates ordered Crêpes Filled with Squash Blossoms, Mushrooms and Huitlacoche. I was faced with a familiar conundrum. Do I order something else for the sake of a different menu item to review, or do I follow suit, because that’s what really appeals to me. “Make that three orders of crêpes”. While the crêpes themselves are not traditionally Mexican, the fillings sure are, and that was good enough for me. The creamy poblano sauce was so good, I should have asked for a spoon. And a bowl of sauce on the side. I think Angélica, our attentive waitress, would have obliged me.
Inside dining is offered, but on such a beautiful day the patio with its waterfall and tropical landscaping was a lovely setting for a relaxed, mid-morning breakfast. And a great place to linger over coffee and conversation long after our plates had been cleared.
A great looking dish of salsa was offered for the omelet. I love taking photos of salsa. Their primary color lights up any table, any plate of almost anything. As beautiful as it was, this was a very mild salsa. Maybe it was set at a low heat level for gringos.
Other Mexican entrées for lunch and dinner include Sopecitos de Cochinita Pibil, a pork dish from the Yucatán Peninsula, Molletes, an open-faced bean sandwich with melted cheese, Chilaquiles, Cheese Enchiladas with Peanut Sauce, and Grilled Shrimp with Pineapple-Mango Dipping Sauce. North of the border fare, such as rib-eyes, T-bones and fillet mignon are also offered, as are a variety of egg dishes for breakfast. More La Cascada menu items can be seen on line.
La Cascada offers relaxed dining six days a week from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m; closed Tuesdays. Wifi service is available. Coral #61, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. Phone: 329-295-5948.
Update, Oct. 2011: La Cascada Restaurant has closed. We miss their great breakfast offerings.