A revolutionary new Medford restaurant
Luis Garcia doesn’t just want to feed the people of Medford. He wants to feed their minds with Mexican history.
“We try to be as authentic as possible,” Garcia said of the menu and decor at his new restaurant. “We’re from Mexico City, so we try to bring as much as possible from Mexico. We remember what we had there and bring it here.
Garcia and her family opened Little Mexico in Medford Plaza on Horseblock Road last month. It is the second location of the family under the same name.
Ten years ago, Garcia’s mother, Lucia, opened the family’s first Little Mexico on Middle Island. People in the community kept asking her for homemade meals, so she decided to open the fast take out restaurant.
Garcia said “she’s the boss” and can be found cooking in the kitchen inside the Medford Spot, which is a family-friendly restaurant.
Authenticity and conscience
Some of the most popular dishes in Lucia Garcia’s kitchen are t-bone steak, seafood platters like camarones a la diabla, and Mexican streets like ezquites and tacos.
Garcia said residents of Long Island are probably more familiar with Tex-Mex cuisine, but her family is working hard to introduce them to authentic Mexican cuisine. Based on early feedback, the community is on board and ready to learn.
“One of the customers, they said they never ate these tacos, just when they went to Mexico,” he said. “It’s the only other time they’ve tried something like this.”
As for drinks, the restaurant offers flights of tequila and mezcal, the latter that Garcia sees as an educational opportunity.
“A lot of people don’t know about Mezcal,” he said. “He originally comes from three states in the country, Oaxaca, Puebla and Guerrero. Mezcal is similar to tequila, but the way they make it is stone-based, and that gives it that smoky flavor.
“We also want to bring history”
Garcia isn’t just interested in bringing Mexican food to the island. He wants the community to learn the history of the country as well. Photographs, illustrations, artifacts, and newspaper reproductions of important figures from the Mexican Revolution can be found all around the restaurant.
The restaurant manager likes to talk about the efforts of Francisco “Pancho” Villa and Emiliano Zapata, two leaders of the national revolution. A series of images of the two men hang above the sofa in the restaurant’s waiting room.
The front pages of newspapers covering their deaths are prominently displayed in the men’s bathroom.
“We try to bring as much as possible to be authentic,” Garcia said. “We want to show [the community] who [Villa and Zapata] are because they don’t know them. As we try to bring this new place to the community, we also want to bring history.
Along the entire length of the restaurant, a series of colorful dresses. Although they are quite beautiful, they represent much more.
“The dresses are for a group of girls who helped the revolution,” Garcia said.
Usually referred to as Soldaderas or Adelitas, these women fought on the battlefields and worked behind the scenes.
“We have them here to show them respect, the girls who were warriors,” he said.