Have you been to a restaurant where the owner personally meet, greet, takes you to your table and serve you your food?
Have you been to a restaurant that feels like you’re part of their family though a total stranger?
Have you drove 1-2 hours just to satisfy a food craving that has no other substitute anywhere?
Have you been to a restaurant where the food taste and looks gourmet and beyond Zagat rating yet at a very affordable price?
Have you been to a secret garden where the ambiance seems to have been created just perfectly for you?
I’ve been, twice. It’s called The Haute Enchilada Cafe and Gallery at Moss Landing, California.
The Haute Enchilada Cafe is a non-pretentious food haven. It’s serious great food everyone will have an equal opportunity to enjoy. Seems unbelievable in a World full of fancy, even intimidating, uncomfortable, too formal Resto Bars and Restaurants.
Here, customers dine as they are in their most comfortable clothes. No need to impress anyone. Just the Kitchen chef eager to impress each and every customer.
We’re lucky to walk-in twice without reservations and be accepted. The others after us, not so much. 24 hour reservation is needed.
A large group of people walked-in after us. They we’re turned down even if the woman with them said, “We’re always here.” The owner wasn’t impressed a bit to bend the rules. She said no.
This gem restaurant observes COVID CDC mandate of distancing and mask. So, one can eat without worrying about the Delta Variant landing on one’s food, nose or mouth.
The Haute Enchilada owners does not compromise their staff and clients safety for money. Quality never compromised for quantity. This rare character alone makes the people behind this food treasure destination deserving of this post. Well earned and yes, I’m still feeling lucky and thankful to celebrate my wife’s 45th Birthday there.
No, I didn’t tell the owner of my wife’s B-day to enter. Somehow, she just saw in our eyes we needed a moment of joy, romance and a bit of magic.
Destiny, instinct, connection, whatever it was, it made our dream come true. And yes, we drove almost 2 hours with traffic on a hope. And hope happened.
A special place deserves more than the usual ratings and reviews. It deserves to be shared and remembered by heart in a personal way because it did the same to the story teller.
That is something money can’t influence nor how many followers we have. Not everything revolves in Social Media.
In this restaurant, no one cares if we are an Influencer or deep pocketed. What they do care is for us to have an amazing time and take home a happy, delicious memory.
Travel without great food is just travel. After a while, we forget them. Travel with great food is an experience and it becomes an unforgettable memory.
Dessert Story next Food Adventure. It’s sweet tooth divine and will be worth the wait.
“There are foods to sustain life. There are foods to feel alive. We need both to live happy and healthy. No compromise.”