Lupita’s Cocina Mexicana

This weekend, we stumbled into Lupita’s Cocina Mexicana, and it’s a miracle we ever left. Not for nothing was this place named the best Mexican restaurant by Orlando Weekly in 2004. It is out-of-this-world delicious.

Though I do love Tex-Mex, this is a Mexican restaurant. The burritos, fajitas and chimichangas are relegated to the back pages of the menu. Lupita’s specialty is gourmet Mexican, including steak, chicken, pork and seafood served with cactus, guajillo peppers and the most amazing sauces ever.

But it isn’t just the food that makes this place special. When we arrived, Lupita’s husband, Sergio, greeted us and gave us a rundown on the history of the restaurant and its vision. Then, he offered us samples of each of their main sauces. One was a green tomatillo. One was a red chipotle. And one was mole. Oh. My. God. Mole…. If you’ve never had mole sauce, you are missing out on a food of the GODS. Mole is a combination of spices and chiles and chocolate that is beyond words.

My spouse chose Tinga de Pollo, which is shredded chicken with onions cooked in chipotle sauce with avocado slices and cilantro. They don’t automatically serve tortillas with the meal. So, when she ordered some, they had to make them. They came out warm and fresh. I got Azteca’s Puddin. It’s “lasagna” Mexican style, made with layers of soft fried corn tortillas, shredded chicken, sour cream and Spanish cheese, all covered with mole sauce. Did I mention how awesome mole is? And we didn’t even sample their 15 different types of tequila… ;)

Anywho, Lupita’s is great. It’s tucked back in the corner of a strip mall in Winter Springs (1425 Tuscawilla Road, to be exact), and has a fantastic, colorful atmosphere. If you want something other than tacos and burritos, Lupita’s is the place.

2 Comments so far

  1. Ryan (unregistered) on September 26th, 2005 @ 3:51 pm

    Thanks for the review. I live in Orlando, but work in WS. So, I’ll try and check it out this weekend!

  2. zee (unregistered) on September 29th, 2005 @ 9:15 pm

    I’m SO in the mood for Mexican! Yummy…
    Thanks for the tip. :o)

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