There is no shortage of Mexican restaurants in Arizona, which means authenticity scores points, and authentic is exactly what Martha’s Kitchen serves up. Located in east Mesa, this new spot cooks up Sinaloa style grub that is affordable and sure to please your taste buds.
Martha’s Kitchen is a great introduction Sinaloa style cooking. Owner Martha Mendez fondly tells stories of her home state located on Mexico’s west coast – how weekends are spent eating barbacoa, a slow cooked beef dish that not only tastes great but also has hangover-healing powers. Martha has been cooking for years, and decided to open up a casual restaurant for several reasons. After working long hours as an engineer, she wanted to spend more time with her family. Martha answered her calling to be in the kitchen, and opened her restaurant in December.
Food is served in a burrito, bowl or plate and come with a choice of side. Meat options include barbacoa, green chile pork carnitas and cilantro pesto chicken. For vegetarians, Martha offers “tacos light” which replace a tortilla with a lettuce leaf, as well as vegan burritos and quinoa salad. Homemade flan or strawberries and cream round out your meal, and traditional horchata or Jamaica drinks will keep you deliciously hydrated. Pozole and ceviche are special menu items served on Saturdays.
Martha’s passion for cooking is aligned with her passion for taking care of customers. Customers are referred to as friends by Martha’s young daughter, and it is completely evident when watching Martha interact with customers that this is a mutual feeling. She will not only go out of her way to make her customers happy, but she truly cares about them and makes a genuine connection.
Martha’s Kitchen is open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. There is limited seating, and many guests choose to pick up food to take home. They also offer party trays with advance ordering. Find more information on their Facebook page.