Feature story: Michoacán Gourmet Mexican Restaurant
Photography and Digital Photo Arts by Paulette L. Motzko
Written by Paulette L Motzko with Contriburions from CEO and Executive Chef Mark Berry.
Copyright March 2016
If you want to travel to Michoacan, Mexico without leaving Nevada, go to The Michoacan Gourmet Mexican Restaurant on Centennial Center. Owner Mark Berry has a passion for this very special restaurant and I can see why.
From the moment you walk in the door you’ll see paintings painted by painters from Michoacán, colorful Mexican hats, the warmth of hand carved wood pillars and insets, that were really brought back by Mark Berry from Michoacán. See if you can find the large, wood rosary on one of the walls when you come in.
From the time you open the double doors you’ll be greeted with a smile as though you’re family by one of the beautiful hostesses at Michoacán like Noemi shown here.
The combination plates at the Michoacán Gourmet Mexican Restaurant show case charming towns in Michoacán, Mexico.
An enchilada and tamale combination plate with refried beans, Mexican rice and Pico de gallo.
From the extraordinary experience of meeting Mark Berry and all of the wonderful people at this memorable, one-of-a-kind Mexican restaurant, I want to go to Michoacan, Mexico now-and I will one day!
You’ll will be filled with a feeling of warmth that will surround you:
Two of Mark Berry’s favorite paintings in his collection from Michoacán, Mexico.
Mark Berry actually went to Michoacán, Mexico and brought back all the beautiful artifacts you will see in the restaurant – prior to the grand opening.
The restaurant was actually built by an architect around all of the things that you will see in the restaurant!
From the beautiful tapestries on the wall, to the wood carvings, to the Mexican hats, and hand made pottery, there is life all around.
The Patzcuaro Room is a very place for private parties and other special events. Mark commissioned a painter to reproduce a street in Michoacán on the wall. I love that room!
Mark Berry looking at home in the Patzcuaro Room in The Michoacán Gourmet Mexican Restaurant.
Not only is the regional specialties delicious from The Michoacán but the people who work there will make you want to return soon.
Here’s some of the extraordinary people who make the Michoacán Gourmet Mexican Restaurant come to life everyday:
Kyle is the general manager and happens to be related to Mark Berry. He is his Mark Berry’s son and you can tell because he is a “people person” who gets great joy-just like his dad does, from the customers being happy.
There’s Fidel who does all kinds of unseen special things in the kitchen and around the restaurant. Mark Barry referred to him as his “right hand man”.
Then there is Vidal who has been with the restaurant since it opened. He is as gallant and kind as he is hard-working.
Then there is Jose who I got to see “in action” in the kitchen during a busy weekend rush. He cooked countless dishes effortlessly with a calm expression on his face the whole time.
I have never seen a team in a restaurant work as hard and work happily together so well as the one at the Michoacan Gourmet Mexican Restaurant.
Outside the kitchen and serving you with a beautiful smile is Jenn and Jose, who are always hospitable and fun to be around, and they are great bartenders too.
There is always something going on at the Gringo and me bar. I love Mark Berry’s fun sense of humor.
Here’s some of the extraordinary dishes that The Michoacán Gourmet Mexican Restaurant makes on an ordinary Friday night…
Steak chicken and shrimp fajitas that are incredible! When you see the size of the skillet you get you won’t believe it, but you’ll be happy it’s so big!
Grilled Corn with Cojita Cheese and lime
The signature dish of Michoacán Gourmet Mexican Restaurant …
Your taste buds haven’t lived until you treat yourself to Michoacan’s-fabulous Sunday buffet.
For one set price you can come in and have dishes so good you won’t want to go to any other Mexican restaurant.
Steak in a wonderfully rich, seasoned Cognac Sauce
You can custom build your omelette with a host of other
not-found-in-other-restaurants dishes like Shrimp Ceviche.
Another very unique in “must-experience” item is their tableside guacamole, made with a whole variety of tasty ingredients like tomatoes, onions, lime and cilantro, that you can add to the ripe Hass avocados.
There is a nice patio outdoors in the front of the restaurant with tables and chairs. You’ll hear music wafting through the air while you smell the aroma of fresh tortillas being made.
One thing’s for sure, the matter where you go at The Michoacán Gourmet Mexican Restaurant there’s not a bad seat in the house, and one thing’s for sure you won’t never mind the wait-if there is one- because the food is worth waiting for!
Outdoors on the patio….the handcrafted wooden planters are really carved by someone in Michoacán, Mexico!
The view you’ll see turning on Tropical Parkway to 7870 Tropical Parkway off Centennial Parkway.
Make sure and read the Interview with more great photos and hear how Mark Berry began the restaurant, about the fantastic catering business that they do, and a few secrets I am not telling you!
March 22, 2016
Written by Paulette L Motzko
High Definition Photography by Paulette L Motzko, PLM Studios
Written by Paulette L Motzko