West Monroe restaurant serves up authentic Honduran, Mexican cuisines

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At Mi Casa Grande, folks who order enchiladas may be met with a question other than “Steak, chicken or pork?”.

The new restaurant off Cypress Street in West Monroe offers both Mexican and Honduran enchiladas, catering to the two cultures that make up its ownership. Folks placing an order will need to choose which nationality’s enchiladas they would like to try.

“Aquí es auténtico hondureño y auténtico mexicano,” co-owner Norma Mauricio, who hails from Mexico. Here, it’s authentic Honduran and authentic Mexican.

The Honduran side of the restaurant comes from Mauricio’s partner and co-owner Javier Corea. The pair opened the restaurant July 22 to bring the recipes they learned growing up to West Monroe. 

Mauricio said despite adding descriptions to the menu under each dish, some customers are surprised when they order a Honduran enchilada.

“No conocen mucho la comida hondureña,” Mauricio said. Many people aren’t familiar with Honduran cuisine.

Unlike its popular Tex-Mex counterpart and Mexican peer, Mauricio said the Honduran enchilada looks more akin to a tostada. Luckily, Mauricio said customers are down to try something new.

Mi Casa Grande is now open at 3426 Cypress St. in West Monroe. The restaurant serves up authentic Mexican and Honduran cuisine.

What’s on the menu

The menu boasts traditional Mexican menudo, a red chili pepper-based soup filled with beef tripe, onions and cilantro. There’s also pupusas, a Honduran hallmark where corncakes are stuffed with a mixture of meat, beans and cheese, and pollo ceibeño — chicken that’s seasoned overnight, fried and placed atop a bed of sliced fried plantains. Mauricio said they have been happy to answer customer questions about what the dishes contain and how they are made. 


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