Our Story...

It has been said that Tijuana was once simply known as Tia Juana

(Aunt Jane). An accepted myth among fellow Tijuanenses is that Tia

Juana would provide weary travelers with a resting place migrating

North. Along with a place to stay, Tia Juana would provide warm

home cooked meals and hand made tortillas. With this, Tia Juana

slowly became Tijuana converting into the largest city in the state

of Baja California known for its tourism and hospitality. 

 

No one embodies this myth more than our owner/founder Martha

Barajas. Martha, or ‘La Tia’, grew up with her 10 brothers and 2

sisters working on her parents ranch in Cuautla, Jalisco Mexico.

Before immigrating to the United States Martha would provide

home cooked meals for her family and working farmhands. These

home cooked meals integrated many recipes passed down from

earlier generations. It is here that from an early age Martha started

her journey in the kitchen. 

 

Like many fellow Cuautlenses before her, Martha immigrated to the United States in search of the  ‘American Dream’. Working tirelessly, she hoped to one day have something to call her own. Martha soon started working with her older brothers until meeting her future husband (owner/founder) Felipe Velasco. 

 

In 1994 they opened a small 20 table restaurant in downtown Monroe, Washington. Together Martha and Felipe aimed to provide Monroe with authentic Mexican cuisine, what Monroe then lacked. Their first Menus included home made chile rellenos, beef tongue tacos, and traditional homemade soups like Menudo and Pozole. Today, Martha and her family continue to provide Monroe, Washington with great authentic Mexican cuisine with a modern twist.