by gianna hudson
Take a step into Guadalajara and join the García Jiménez family on a culinary adventure. With high ceilings, panoramic windows, artisan touches, and unique vibes, La Esquina Cocina offers the chance to take a scenic trip through Mexico, discovering the diverse landscape of food along the way. Family owned and operated, La Esquina welcomes a diverse clientele. The perfect spot for an intimate date night, gathering with the family, and for late-night munchies, the García family has created La Esquina with Huntsville in mind.
Aptly named, La Esquina Cocina (which means ‘the corner kitchen’ in Spanish) is located on the corner of Holmes Avenue, at the intersection of Spraggins Street SE. It’s the perfect walking distance from some of downtown Huntsville’s greatest attractions.
Having been in the restaurant business for decades, the García family, headed by Alonso and Rosa (la Jefa), along with their children Fanny and Alonso and their respective spouses wanted to bring something fresh and elevated to the dining scene of Huntsville.
I sat down with Megan García, wife of Alonso (owner of La Esquina) to discuss the ideas, goals, food, and environment around their family restaurant. Megan considers La Esquina her third baby. They’ve managed to come out of the pandemic stronger than ever and have a second location on the way., La Esquina has found its groove as a Huntsville staple, throwing elevated artistic twists onto beloved dishes.
The La Esquina family strives to expose the community to everything Mexican cuisine has to offer, with the intention of diversifying the pallet and educating the public about the complex flavor profiles and the diverse culture of Mexico.
If you like to brunch, you’ll want to add this place to your list. La Esquina offers a unique take on brunch, blended with Mexican favorites, Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 2 pm. The exclusive brunch menu includes a variety of options including juevos ahogados ($12), chilaquiles ($12-$15), eggs benedict ($11-$15), and buttermilk pancakes ($10). Pop the bubbly and keep it flowing with tree dollar mimosas.
Families and groups are always welcome at La Esquina. With options to share (tapas and charcuterie) as well as bowls, quesadillas, taco plates, delicious entrees, salads, and even something for the kids. I would highly recommend the empanadas de pescado ($12), a fresh take on a traditional dish, the fish is fresh, light, and flavorful, served with a chipotle aioli for the perfect kick.
If you’re looking for something a bit more hearty, Megan García recommends mar y tierra ($28) and cochinita pibil ($18). Whatever dish you choose, it’s sure to impress with a variety of fresh ingredients, prepared with love in-house by Rosa García and the talented chefs at La Esquina.
Couples can cozy up by one of the many panoramic windows, and enjoy tapas and cocktails prepared with fresh seasonal ingredients. Tostadas de atún ($15), prepared with sashimi grade tuna is sure to impress.
And make sure to order a handcrafted cocktail. Margaritas, made with fresh pressed lime juice start at $9, or mix it up with a Oaxaca old fashioned ($13) prepared with mezcal. Discounted drinks are available during Social Hour
- Monday: all day social hour
- Tuesday: 3 – 6 pm.
- Wednesday: ½ off wine bottles
- Thursday – Friday: 3 – 6 pm.
QR codes, as well as paper menus, are available at each table. The menu is a perfect blend between English and Spanish. Key menu items written in Spanish allow the customer to get acquainted with the cuisine in a new way, immersing themselves in a world outside of their own. The staff is friendly and accommodating. There is a strong family vibe to the establishment, welcoming all who walk through the door.
The new Guntersville location at City Harbor, featuring an outdoor lakefront patio, fresh fish options, and a stunning upscale environment will see its grand opening mid-August.
For more information on La Esquina Cocina and to view their full menu visit their website at checkle.menu/laesquinacocina_huntsville