There’s a new dining choice on the square in Athens. Lucia’s Cocina Mexicana has a sleek, colorful, tasteful decor both from the inside and the outside. You will immediately notice the pops of red and black scattered throughout the vintage building. The vibe is fresh and friendly, and a recent lunch with friends was fun and delicious.
The building at 208 W. Market Street is between Jefferson and Marion Streets. The owners are members of the Martinez family who already own seven very successful Casa Blanca restaurants scattered around North Alabama. They decided to name this one Lucia’s in honor of their mother, Maria Lucia Aguilar Lopez. She has raised 11 children and is a cancer survivor. A tribute to her was written on the menu by her sons who say “she always taught us to work hard, believe in our dreams and to take care of each other.” Her nurturing ways were obviously heeded, as evidenced by the enterprises of her children. Another Lucia’s is now open on Beltline Road in Decatur.
Check out these entrees served to my friends just a few days ago. I particularly liked how the refried beans were served in a toasted flour tortilla. Nice touch! Here you will see a chimichanga (Monday’s daily special), taco salad, fish tacos, and a chicken soft taco, among other dishes. Naturally, meals begin with crunchy chips and spicy salsa. I haven’t sampled them yet, but I understand the desserts are mouthwatering and big enough to share. Maybe next time.
I predict continued success for this dedicated family.