Walk into one of the newest restaurants in Montrose, and you may feel like you have been transported to a cafe in Mexico City.
Cuchara is the brainchild of Mexico City native Ana Beaven and her partner Charlie McDaniel.
Houston food blogger Mai Pham recently visited Cuchara.
"The first thing you notice is all the artwork, especially the giant murals on the walls," Pham said.
"Murals are very traditional in buildings and restaurants in Mexico City," Beaven told her. "I asked my younger sister, who is an artist in Mexico City, to help out and she came up with this idea for a huge mural depicting life in Mexico City."
The black and white mural dominates the restaurant and portrays the chaotic life of the huge Mexican city.
"The city is noisy and crazy and wonderful, and often the only place where people can get peace is while dining," Beaven said. "That's why, in the middle of the mural, you see a family sitting together at a table and eating."
If they were eating at Cuchara, the first thing they would have would be a small plate of garnished tortillas that is brought out to every diner that they call "pesos". From there, you can explore many dishes based on the recipes of Beaven's grandmother that evoke traditional Mexican cuisine.
"All of our kitchen staff are women, Mexican moms who make fantastic dishes," McDaniel said.
The restaurant also features many Mexican drinks and cocktails that McDaniel said they came up with through "field research."
"We visited a lot of bars," he said.
Cuchara is located at 214 Fairview St., at the corner of Fairview and Taft.