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La Cabana

840 N. Grand Ave. #12, Nogales, AZ - (520) 287-8208
Posted By Michael Stern on 4/16/2014 10:12:00 AM
Our South Arizona friend Margaret Bond took us to La Cabana when we asked her and her husband Paul (the estimable boot maker) where to go in Nogales to get a real Roadfood kind of meal. Margaret walked into the inviting little cantina with us in tow and she was greeted warmly by the staff, who know her as a regular.

Hostess Lupita had a worried look on her face when we sat down around 10:30 in the morning, between breakfast and lunch. Lupita knows what Margaret likes to eat when she comes here, and she warned us, “The chilies rellenos are not ready yet. Can you wait ten minutes?” Of course we waited. For rellenos like these, we are happy to wait even longer than that. Here are the best chilies rellenos we’ve had in recent memory: packed with deep green-chile flavor, oozing melted cheese, and enrobed in a luscious fried crust. If you like chilies rellenos, put La Cabana on your must-eat map.

The meal started with made-to-order guacamole, a bowl of chunky mashed avocado mixed with little bits of cheese and tomato. Margaret advised that we might want to spruce it up with a dab of the hot salsa provided to every table, as well as a spritz of tiny Mexican limes.

We also sampled steamy corn tamales, spicy enchiladas, a crisp-crusted taco, and a beef burrito filled with meat that was moist and pot-roast tender. Among the most memorable flavors on the table were the simple flour tortillas, served in a bread basket. They are suitable for mopping one’s plate of sauce and refritos, but just by themselves, these are superb tortillas: warm, delicate, with an earthy wheat flavor so rich they taste pre-buttered.

An inconspicuous little adobe restaurant / bar in a cluster of shops on the main drag, La Cabana is outfitted with tables and a couple of comfortable booths. For serious eating, we recommend seats in a booth, where you can lounge like royalty while feasting on four-star, true-Mex food.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
chili relleno
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beef enchilada
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That cheese-stuffed, crust-enveloped pepper in the center of the plate is a house specialty not to be missed.
"That cheese-stuffed, crust-enveloped pepper in the center of the plate is a house specialty not to be missed."
Michael Stern





Good salsa comes with chips at the beginning of the meal.  The salsa is also good for heating up guacamole or later courses, if you like four-alarm food.  Most of what La Cabana serves rates fairly modest numbers on the Scoville Scale of chile hotness.  The teeny-weenie limes on the left are good for spritzing on just about everything that comes to the table.
"Good salsa comes with chips at the beginning of the meal. The salsa is also good for heating up guacamole or later courses, if you like four-alarm food. Most of what La Cabana serves rates fairly modest numbers on the Scoville Scale of chile hotness. The teeny-weenie limes on the left are good for spritzing on just about everything that comes to the table."
Michael Stern


Luxury-textured guacamole is made to order.
"Luxury-textured guacamole is made to order."
Michael Stern


Burrito, enchilada & tamale; refritos, rice, and salad on the sides
"Burrito, enchilada & tamale; refritos, rice, and salad on the sides"
Michael Stern


The flour tortillas La Cabana makes are plain and simple ... and impossible to stop eating.
"The flour tortillas La Cabana makes are plain and simple ... and impossible to stop eating. "
Michael Stern


La Cabana is a happy place where locals come for good eats and cool beer.
"La Cabana is a happy place where locals come for good eats and cool beer."
Michael Stern


Most people think of La Cabana for lunch or supper; but there's no better way to start the day than with a plate of huevos rancheros with chorizo sausage.
"Most people think of La Cabana for lunch or supper; but there's no better way to start the day than with a plate of huevos rancheros with chorizo sausage."
Michael Stern



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