Cy-Fair eatery Monica's Mexican Restaurant gets help from all members of the family

Lalo’s Molcajete includes beef, chicken, shrimp, Mexican sausage, Mexican cactus and cheese served in a molcajete with hot sauce and the diner’s choice of rice and beans. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lalo’s Molcajete includes beef, chicken, shrimp, Mexican sausage, Mexican cactus and cheese served in a molcajete with hot sauce and the diner’s choice of rice and beans. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)

Lalo’s Molcajete includes beef, chicken, shrimp, Mexican sausage, Mexican cactus and cheese served in a molcajete with hot sauce and the diner’s choice of rice and beans. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Enchilada Lagunillas include six mini corn tortillas topped with refried beans and a mix of potatoes, carrots, chorizo, lettuce, cheese and choise of chicken, cecina, beef or quail. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Mexican Taquitos include five al pastor pork taquitos, topped with cilantro, onion and sliced avocado. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Caldo de Res is a beef soup freshly made with carrots, corn, potatoes and chayote and is served with rice, cilantro, jalapenos, onions and tortillas. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Monica’s Mexican Restaurant is named after the 11-year-old daughter of Aracelia Diaz and Jose Luis Cano, the eatery’s owners. Cano said his daughter likes to pose for posts made to the restaurant’s Facebook page, showing off different dishes available at the restaurant. (Courtesy Monica's Mexican Restaurant)
When Aracelia Diaz and Jose Luis Cano opened Monica’s Mexican Restaurant in Jersey Village in 2019, the couple was keeping up a family tradition.

Cano said their families have worked in the restaurant industry for more than 20 years, and one of the main reasons they wanted to open their own restaurant was to provide a place where their children can get their own experience working. The restaurant itself is named after the couple’s 11-year-old daughter.

“My oldest, Luis, is a natural with the customers,” Cano said. “He loves to introduce himself and tell them to come back when they leave.”

The menu at Monica’s includes both Tex-Mex and authentic Mexican dishes. Cano said his personal preference is for more authentic cuisine, but he wanted to include Tex-Mex due to its popularity among Americans.

“Everything on the menu is prepared when the customer orders it,” Cano said. “The tortillas, the meat for the fajitas ... all prepared at the moment with quality products.”


Cano said he finds running his own restaurant to be a rewarding experience.

“I know what goes into every dish, and I know that it is quality food,” he said.

Cano said he spent the first year working to get the word out to customers about the restaurant, located off Jersey Drive near Hwy. 290, and the business has grown each month. He said he looks forward to growing the restaurant at the same time that he teaches his children about the value of hard work.•“I really just want them to experience that feeling you get by earning your own money and to learn the importance of responsibility,” he said.

17350 Hwy. 290, Jersey Village

832-598-2660

www.monicamex.com

Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-midnight, closed Sun.
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By Shawn Arrajj

Shawn Arrajj serves as the editor of the Cy-Fair edition of Community Impact Newspaper where he covers the Cy-Fair and Jersey Village communities. He mainly writes about development, transportation and issues in Harris County.


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