One highlight of our Trafalgar trip to Mexico last month was our “Be My Guest” lunch at La Cava Restaurant in Guerrero. Guerrero sits high in the apple and fruit orchard region of Chihuahua, and is famous for it’s fruit and cattle ranching.
La Cava has been open since 1993, and is run by the delightful couple of Alma Casavantes and Francisco(Paco) Cabrera. Decorated with a homey feel, they serve up excellent Mexican home-style cooking, punctuated by their glorious apple pie.
Alma, a vivacious hostess, gave a stirring poetry reading after everyone was seated and the wine was free flowing. Clearly his wife’s endeavor, Paco was content to serve drinks and remain in the background as she worked the room, making sure everyone was comfortable and their meals acceptable.
Set on the main plaza in town, La Cavas’ exterior doesn’t quite live up to the magnificent fireplace and elegant decor inside. The food, while delicious, was quickly upstaged by the pie. Fantastically buttery, flaky crust, and bursting with apples, cinnamon and cloves, it was served with vanilla ice cream and absolutely worth the trip alone.
Along with the charming hosts and delightful cuisine, the waiter serving our group that day may very well be the most efficient waiter we have ever witnessed in action! Jorge posed for photos and managed, single-handedly to serve a 3-course meal to a group of 49 seemingly without effort.
Guerrero is a bit off the beaten track of the normal tourist, but we may very well find our way back!