Theresa’s Mosaic Café
A few days passed since we had dined at El Charro. Now it was off to Theresa’s Mosaic Café (Silverbell & Grant) with the remnants of our extended family: middle daughter Paige, her husband Tim, and their teenage boyz, Jon & Morgan. Dree and boyfriend Todd, and Julie and kids, Jessie & Colby, had departed the day after Christmas.
We had made reservations and, as at El Charro, were seated within two minutes of arrival. It was a beautiful sunny winter day and the view of the Catalinas from the dining room added to the delightful ambiance. As an aside, having dined on their patio, the view is even better from there.
Upon entering, the first thing I noticed was the recently enlarged and re-designed space.
According to the AZ Star last September, “After enjoying a surge in business following its Food Network exposure a year ago, a west-side restaurant is expanding.
Teresa’s Mosaic Cafe and its chef, David Matias, were thrilled to go up against celebrity chef Bobby Flay in a huevos rancheros “throwdown.”
“Even though we lost, we feel like we won,” says Matias, noting that his 30 minutes of fame brought him customers from all over the country and from Canada.”
All of their new-found fame reinforced my belief that Theresa’s Mosaic Cafe’ is one of the top Mexican restaurants in town.
In addition to the view, one of Mosaic’s delights is watching the little Mexican lady at the tortilleria twirl the dough to cook amazingly thin corn and flour tortillas right there in the dining room. Another delight is the colorful original Mexican carved tables and chairs. Each table has its own theme. However, some patrons find the chairs hard and uncomfortable. Seat cushions would help.
The chips and salsa arrived at our table almost immediately. The comparison had begun. Unfortunately, the first batch of chips was not fresh. We hailed our server. Paige explained the problem and asked for fresh chips. Server-lady gave her a disapproving glance, but shortly a young fellow brought the fresh chips we had expected. Excellent! Perhaps our server-lady thought we were gringos and wouldn’t notice. Strike one.Read More