Cal-Mex Food at Mitla Cafe

A couple of weeks ago, Gustavo Arellano and I drove out to Mitla Cafe in San Bernardino to try authentic Cal-Mex food.  Doesn’t that sound like an oxymoron? “Authentic Cal-Mex food”?  But it was.  Replete with refried beans, yellow cheese and lots of sour cream.  And it was delicious.

Mitla Cafe is a family-owned restaurant that opened back in 1937.  It’s the oldest restaurant in the Inland Empire.  This week on the show, Gustavo and Evan talk about how Mitla Cafe is emblematic of this type of American Mexican food.  It’s a part of a series of stories that we’re doing here on KCRW about Mexicans in the U.S.

  • Chavo: You're approaching this restaurant with your Mexican glasses on. It's not a Mexican restaurant; it's a Mexican-American restaurant, and huevos rancheros is not part of their culinary lingua franca.

  • Suzanne Cooke

    La Tolteca in Azusa and Roberto's Cafe in Mammoth… Cal-Mex at it's best!

  • Sez you. I think I know the difference. This place is lousy, the three dishes had that flavor of rank lard. Greasy for its own sake not for any flavor. This place is as bad as El Tepeyac.

  • You have a problem with El Tepeyac? Oy, vey…