CHICO — If you’re on the lookout for genuine Mexican street food stuff, appear no additional than La Ciudad Mexican Grill, which had its grand opening August 29.

The cafe, found at 645 West Fifth St. No. 110, is on the corner of Fifth and Ivy, in the coronary heart of Chico State’s fraternity and sorority rows.

“We get a whole lot of university student clients,” stated proprietor Victor Garcia. “We’re going to adjust the menu a little to suit students’ monetary requires.”

Garcia said there is a ton of street food items in Mexico Metropolis and that is what the food is modeled after.

New restaurant La Ciudad Mexican Grill’s common dish named the pambazo, which is like a Mexican sandwich, is pictured Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022 at the restaurant situated at 645 West Fifth St. No. 110 in Chico, California. (Jennie Blevins/Business-Report)

“This is the sort of foods you find in Mexico Town,” Garcia stated. “It’s avenue food items which is provided on streets and marketplaces.”

Garcia was born in Mexico Metropolis but has lived in Chico for 23 decades. He is fluent in English and Spanish.

Garcia’s cafe is a labor of love and just one that Garcia is making an attempt out after acquiring worked in construction for six several years.

“It was an concept that felt pure,” Garcia claimed. “And if you never try out you by no means realize success.”

A single of the most preferred goods on the menu is the pambazo, which is like a delightful Mexican sandwich. It options two parts of bread dipped in Guajillo (chile pepper) sauce and filled with chicken, cotija cheese, inexperienced salsa, lettuce and bitter cream.  Garcia mentioned his mother manufactured pambazos typically when he was developing up and she continue to tends to make them to this working day.

Some of the other well-liked dishes are huaraches and machetes. A machete is like a massive quesadilla, and the dough for it is handmade in the restaurant. A huarache is like a bigger pambazo and is served with beans.  The main selling price place for the meals is among $14 and $15.

“It’s quickly food items so fast, easy and excellent,” Garcia mentioned.

One more preferred merchandise is the agua fresca, which is a clean, chilly consume similar to an icee with flavors this kind of as pineapple, strawberry and watermelon.

Garcia at this time has 7 staff members, who are all aspect-time personnel besides for one particular entire-timer,  manager Victor Velazquez.

Server Emily Vanness, a biochemistry main at Chico Condition, enjoys working at La Ciudad.

“I like serving and chatting to folks,” Vanness stated. “Also I are living close by so it’s truly practical to get to function.”

La Ciudad is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday via Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The foodstuff can be delivered by way of Grub Hub.

The restaurant’s information and menu can be found on Fb under La Ciudad Mexican Grill and on Instagram underneath lcmg.530. To go orders can be named in or texted to 530-767-3434, which is the restaurant’s main cell phone variety.

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