You'll feel like family at MaMa CiTa's.
What do you get when you blend generations of heritage, authentic cuisine and a treat-you-like-family atmosphere? Not only some of the best homemade Mexican dishes around but an actual experience as you dine.
Servers greet you dressed in moños, colorful decorations come straight from Mexico City, guacamole is made table-side, and margarita towers are meant to be shared with the whole table. The service and traditional flavors at MaMa CiTa’s, the newest Mexican restaurant in Osage Beach, ensure you will not only experience a taste of Mexico but will get a taste for their culture where an emphasis is placed on family.
Angie Diaz and Melissa Chevez Galloway decided to team up and open the restaurant after hosting many family-style dinners of their own. Always gathering at their homes, the two have known each other for years. Both grew up where amazing food was served all of the time, around a table where a crowd always gathered.
Angie was raised in Mexico City before moving to the Lake area, while Melissa and her family hail from Southern California. They both recall fond memories of large family gatherings that were always held surrounded by generous helpings of food.
Using their expertise and long history in mastering Mexican cuisine, everyone brings something to the table at MaMa CiTa’s, Melissa said. Recipes from generations of Mexican cooks bring the flavors they learned to the Lake. Many of Angie’s own family members area a part of the team, including her Dad, Jorge, who is the general manager.
What makes MaMa CiTa’s different
The Lake has it’s fair share of Mexican restaurants, but what’s different about MaMa CiTa’s is the amount of homemade food and authentic recipes that are available. Chips are made fresh, the refried beans are homemade, and so is the enchilada sauce and corn tortillas …. it’s hard to find something that hasn’t been diced, sliced and chopped fresh each day.
And then there are the choices. White Mexican rice is made with carrots and peas but there is also the CiTa rice, a red Mexican rice with a bit more flavor than most. Black and refried beans are an option, as is a lettuce wrap instead of a taco shell.
What’s on the menu
Some of the more popular choices among diners includes the beer battered fish tacos (made with Haddock), the different flavors of tamales, street corn, shrimp enchiladas and the ceviche. The full menu has appetizers, nachos, street tacos, tamales, ensaladas, house specialties, fajitas, vegetarian options and a kids’ menu.
There are 10 beers on tap, some American and others Mexican. The full menu of cocktails include many even the most seasoned connoisseur probably has never heard of like the Milagro Freshest Margarita made with tequila, triple sec, fresh lime juice, agave nectar and a splash of orange juice. But there are many others to discover.
Take a look around. You’ll find Mexican flare everywhere. Colorful flags, Mexican blankets draped over furniture, colorful chandeliers and hand-painted murals by a local artist are on full display. It’s all about family here where servers get into the music by singing a few notes as they pass by, engage you in conversation and do their best to entertain and bring a smile to your face. Local artist Elissa Levy used her talent to dress up the walls with colorful scenes of quaint Mexican towns.
Location: 939 Chef Street, Osage Beach
Hours: Open 11 a.m. daily.
Stop by for Happy Hour from 3-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday
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