family dinner at momocho

Happy New Year!

Speaking of family-friendly places, we had the perfect family dinner last week at Momocho. The last time my daughter was at Momocho, she was just a few months old. We have been there countless times since with friends and family and figured Natalie waited long enough and was time to make her return.

We arrived a few minutes before 5 and were quickly (and luckily) seated despite not having a reservation (thanks in large part to dining like seniors – it has its perks!). We had a great spot upstairs and were happy to see several other families near us celebrating a birthday.

Our server, Tom (whom we’ve had before and is himself a new papa), happily greeted us – especially Natalie –  and told us about the super secret kids menu. They offer a handful of kid-approved items, like chicken and rice and cheese quesadillas, which we ended up getting.

For ourselves, I got my usual: smoked trout and crab chilaquiles. I can’t even begin to describe just how much I love this dish and can’t ever seem to resist it. Yes, I’ve tried plenty of other items on the menu – and all leave me quite happy. But there’s just something special about this dish and I can’t seem to get enough. Natalie even tried a few bites and I think she’s now hooked, too. As for Jamie, he went with the adobo braised wild boar, based on Tom’s suggestion – and was certainly happy he did.

While we waited for our food, chef/owner Eric William stopped by to chat for a few minutes, who Natalie  tried to feed ( I don’t know where she gets it from?). She was also mesmerized by the tattoos on his arm. Her latest craze is coloring and she thought his arm was the coolest thing. So much so that when he left, she took her crayons and tried to color her own arm! But while Eric chatted with us, he was talking about how much he enjoys seeing kids in his place and said they are welcome anywhere – even the kitchen (though knowing how Natalie is in our kitchen, we wouldn’t hold him to that).

A few minutes after 6 we were done with another fabulously successful dinner at Momocho. After all the chips and crayons were accounted for, we packed up and left. And on our way out, I overheard a table say just how cute and well-behaved all those kids were.

Momocho continues to be one of our favorites and has been since the day he opened. And now, it will become a family place for us, too. Perhaps next we’ll have to take advantage of their Sunday Suppers (and maybe the tequila dinner for mom and dad).


  1. Posted January 4, 2011 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    I love the guac there.

  2. Julie
    Posted January 4, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    Based on your good reviews of Momocho we took some California foodie guests there recently (our first time too). They loved it so much they even wrote to us about it later. Good stuff, and we can’t wait to go back!

  3. Posted January 4, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    We took our daughter there when she was a week old. Eric has always been very welcoming. Happy Dog is the same way. I just wish it was easier to get into Momocho!

  4. Michelle V
    Posted January 4, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    @Allison – best in town!

    @Julie – that’s great to hear, thanks for sharing.

    @Dave – We have to take Nat to Happy Dog. it’s about time she tried her first hot dog. Eric says the polka is must-hear too. As for the wait, that’s a good problem for them to have – means they continue to make the next Mexican in town. Personally, I’ve never had to wait. We either go early, or I make rezzies a couple weeks in advance.

  5. Posted January 5, 2011 at 5:39 am | Permalink

    Momocho is definitely one of my favorites! I’m taking my boyfriend there for the first time on Friday and I can’t wait for him to try all the yummy-ness! My personal favorite is the crab and corn guacamole.

  6. rockandroller
    Posted January 6, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    I’m really glad you posted this. I am on a BIG search to find real restaurants we can take our 19 month old to, whose owners are kid-friendly. This is now on the list!

  7. John L.
    Posted January 10, 2011 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Hmmm… fraternizing with the chefs of the restaurants you review. Are you getting comped meals, discounts, or other kickbacks that influence your reviews? Some food critics actually take pride in their closely guarded anonymity.

    When you walk into a restaurant and announce your presence, it automatically makes all your reviews suspect.

  8. Posted January 10, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    @John – Are you serious? Comped meals, kickbacks – all I can take from your out-of-line comment is that you are new to my blog. As this has never been the case – ever. And by fraternizing – if you mean being friendly with my local chefs and taking the time to get to know them, then guilty as charged. I like to know who is cooking my meals, who the local owners are – blog or no blog (and I’m a blogger, not a critic – never claimed to be one).

    Announce my presence – sorry, but that makes me laugh. Yeah, every time I walk into a place or make a rezzie I shout Cleveland Foodie for all to hear. Come on now.

    Normally, I wouldn’t take the time to respond to something like this and everyone is entitled to their opinion. But this is just so way off I couldn’t not respond.

  9. Brian
    Posted January 21, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the review, we are going tonight and look forward to taking our 23 month old!