BY SAM SPENGLER
When a group of Mexican friends began cooking their home cuisine in a small Prague apartment and delivering it throughout the city nine years ago, they were fueled by a craving for their native tacos, enchiladas, and burritos. What they didn’t realize was how much Czechs were craving it, too.
A decade later, the group that once took orders through Hotmail has become Las Adelitas, one of the most successful and authentic Mexican restaurants in Prague.
“From the day we opened, we’ve never stopped having people,” says Marketing and Brand Director David Zamorano, who grew up in Mexico City.
A taste off the menu, and it’s easy to understand why. Each of the chain’s four locations serves everything from steaming enchiladas drowned in the spicy-sweetness of mole sauce to soft corn tortillas stuffed with sauteed prickly pear cactus or juicy beef flank and fresh pico de gallo. The flautas, or crisp-fried small tacos, are another crowd favorite, each smothered in just enough tart sour cream and chunky guacamole to offset the tortilla crunch.
That’s not to mention the extensive margaritas menu, which offers the classic drink on the rocks or frozen in dozens (yes, dozens) of combinations, each with delicate presentation. If you go for the frozen option, don’t be surprised when your drink resembles more of an overflowing ice cream cone complete with fruit toppings than an alcoholic beverage.
It’s a far cry from the city’s often bland interpretation of Mexican cuisine into soggy tortilla chips, mushy black beans and heaps of string cheese, sometimes referred to as “Czech-Mex.”
“Throughout the nine years, we’ve learned a lot,” Zamorano continues. “We’ve always tried to improve ourselves and our recipes, and we’ve always worked to separate ourselves as authentic.”
In fact, everything about the restaurants scream authenticity—from the handmade “Talavera” tile imported from Mexico to the maracas-loaded music and the artwork on the walls. Although the group found themselves in Prague for different reasons – from coming here to study film to falling in love with the city after visiting a friend – this desire to authentically share their home culture brought them together.
The friends have big dreams for their restaurant, which is named for Mexican folk song, “La Adelita,” which praises female military members of the Mexican Revolution. Recently, they’ve opened a brand new restaurant in New Town, conveniently located just a couple blocks from Náměstí Republiky and sharing the same vibrant Mexican culture as their other locations.
The passion the group has is palpable not only in the beautiful dishes they create, but also in where you can find them – their restaurants. The friends consider Las Adelitas their family and second home.
“Las Adelitas is like my child,” says Executive Chef Rodrigo Flores. Flores spends his time preparing delicious meals at the Malé náměstí (Old Town Square) location and serving food at the many street festivals they take part in.
Pop into any of the restaurants at lunch and you’ll likely find Zamorano, Flores, Director of Operations Patricio Ibargüengoitia and Director of Administration and Management Fernando Larios enjoying the dishes they’ve created.
Don’t forget about their weekly specials! Wednesday nights are Ladies Night with 89Kč margaritas while Fridays bring Agave Night with specials on Tequila and margaritas. Plus, there’s happy hour every day from 3-6PM.
Check out Las Adelitas at any one of their four locations:
- Vinohrady (original): Americká 8, Prague 2
- Vinohrady: Lucemburská 6, Prague 3
- Old Town: Malé náměstí 13, Prague 1
- New Town: Petrská 23, Prague 1
Visit them online by clicking here.