Mateo’s Cocina Latina

Published August 26, 2013

They will tell you it’s impossible to introduce an old town to a new cuisine. They will tell you to always praise the lard. They may even say Yucatan doesn’t fit in wine country. But they may drink those words.

Mateo’s Cocina Latina opened a few years ago while locals doubted he could gain such a following here in Healdsburg. But Mateo stayed true his native Yucatan cuisine, replacing lard with olive oil in his Olive oil guacamole. His tender juicy suckling pig tamales take that pronounced flavor another step toward ay caramba.

But the reason to drop by and stay a spell is the amazing collection of fine tequila and mescal. If you haven’t yet tried the delicious smoky goodness of mescal, you will wonder what took you so long.

More from my appellation adventures in this region.


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