December 2, 2022

Michigan’s best local food: Big burritos and chimichangas shine at La Esquina Mexican Café

JACKSON, MI – La Esquina Mexican Café serves traditional Mexican dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Judith and Josue Orozco opened Mexican cafe La Esquina on Monday, October 10, in the former Broken Egg restaurant in Chilango. Business so far has been great and the couple are thrilled to have a new place for Jacksonians to eat, Judith said.

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“It felt good. It’s been a very busy weekend, we’re grateful for that,” Judith said. “We haven’t heard any complaints about the food, so I’m very touched by that. Everyone leaves happy and they love everything.

Judith and Josue grew up in Jalisco, Mexico. When Judith was younger her family moved to Leslie, before she moved alone to Jackson in 2009. During this time Josue moved to Detroit where the couple reconnected, fell in love and he moved to Jackson to be with her.

Opening a restaurant is new to both of them, but it’s something Josue has always wanted to do, he previously said. The two have strived to bring authentic Mexican food to the area, Judith said.

“We got a lot of comments like, ‘This is what I’m talking about,'” Judith said. “It’s authentic food they remember if they’ve ever visited Mexico.”

The biggest sellers so far have been burritos, the omelet variety, and tortas.

However, another big seller is the chipotle chimichanga, which comes with beef or chicken and is topped with a chipotle fillet and mango pico.

For dessert, the chimichanga raspberry cheesecake sold very well, she said.

Besides the food, people appreciated the bright and clean atmosphere, the Orozcos said. The interior is colorful and inspired by artwork by Frida Kahlo, including a mural of her on the wall.

“We get a lot of comments on the art, saying it looks so clean here,” Judith said. “The perfect splash of color.”

La Esquina Mexican Cafe, 3634 McCain Road, is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

More information can be found on the Facebook page of La Esquina Mexican Café.

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