Las palmas' STORY
Family is important at Las Palmas Mexican Cuisine, and the feeling extends even to the customers. Our motto “Nuestra casa es su casa” means “Our house is your house,”
When you’re dining with us, you’re part of our family.
When you step into the restaurant you begin to pick up the family restaurant feel in the warmth of the decor, and the friendliness of the staff.
The restaurant has a homey feel, with an abundance of lush potted plants draped across the shelves and cornices, and Central American jungle motif art splashing spectacular color on the mural painted walls.
Luis Jr. explains that his dad, Louis, and wife, Alma take care of the plants ... “One split-leaf philodendron has been here since we opened.”
The Rodriguez Family purchased the restaurant in 2002, run by Luis Sr. and Margarita. When the kids Luis Jr. and Lupe came of age, they decided to lend a hand, and took the restaurant to the next level as a Family owned Resaurant.
Luis Jr. served as lead cook for ten years. “I learned from some great cooks,” he says. One, he notes, from the Baja California coastal city of Mazatlan, taught him the numerous seafood choices on Las Palmas’s extensive menu. “And a Honduran gentleman taught me how to cook many other things, dishes from Jalisco and Colima. Our food has influences from all over Mexico.”
Ask Luis Jr. about his favorite dishes and his face lights up. “I love the shrimp enchiladas. That’s the first thing I learned to cook!” The dish features shrimp sautéed in butter, garlic, and white wine. Other popular items include Pescado Entero Frito—a whole red snapper, lightly floured and fried, served with rice, beans, salad, and tortillas. “The Hispanic community comes in for that,” he says enthusiastically. “And I recommend our Parridilla Mixta, with carne asada, pollo asado, and our homemade chorizo.”
Several years ago, Luis shared his cooking expertise with Lupe’s husband, Miguel Rivera, so Luis could help with managerial responsibilities. “Now our parents don’t have to be here all the time. Lupe and I can run the show.” But it is still all in the family!!