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The beautiful city of Fresno, CA has many great Mexican restaurants, but only a handful of them are open for breakfast.  Not to worry if you happen to be in Fresno's historic Tower District, and you're looking for an amazing and authentic Mexican breakfast, head over to Cuca's Restaurant, located on Olive Ave., just a block from the Tower Theater.

As with all of reviews that I publish, I have no affiliation with the restaurant reviewed, and there is no monetary gain on my part, as I am simply a person who likes to eat, and I love to write-up, and publish my dining experiences.

Photo:  Cuca's Restaurant is located in Fresno's historic Tower District, just a block from the Tower Theater.  It's just a few minutes after 7:30 in the morning, on Thursday, October 26, 2019, and I've arrived to enjoy an authentic Mexican breakfast.

Photo:  As you enter the restaurant, you'll notice the furniture is a combination of tables and booths, with the kitchen at the rear of the restaurant.  Since it's just a few days before Halloween, the restaurant sports Halloween decorations.  Since I arrived just a few minutes after opening, I was the only customer.  My server, Fernando, is behind the counter.

Photo:  The breakfast menu features one of the largest offerings of traditional Mexican breakfasts that I've seen anywhere north of the border, along with a few "Americano" choices.  As I scanned the menu, I noticed menudo is served every day - absolutely ADORE menudo - but I wanted something that you don't find everywhere, so I went with "Huevos con chilie verde..." which is also one of my favorites.

My only complaint, and it's very minor, is that chips and salsa aren't served until lunch time, as I do love chips and salsa with my breakfast.

Photo:  After I placed my breakfast order, I was able to watch the chef prepare my meal from the semi-open kitchen.  The smell of my breakfast cooking was simply tantalizing, especially the smell of the in-house made corn tortillas toasting on the griddle.  It's just a few days before Halloween  -  known as Día de Brujas in Mexico - is a children's event in Mexico, and is celebrated similar to the way it's celebrated north of the border.  Yes, there are pumpkins in Mexico...

Photo:  Meet Fernando, my friendly server, who brings my breakfast me with a smile.  Note the basket of tortillas, fresh off the griddle, along with the small bowl of green salsa.  My breakfast was truly amazing in every way!

Photo:  Thanks, Fernando, for taking my photo, as I prepare to enjoy my delicious breakfast.  I sat at a small table near the window, so I could watch the goings-on in Fresno's historic Tower District while I enjoyed my delicious, authentic Mexican breakfast.

Photo:  From the "Breakfast - Desayuno" section of the menu, I chose the "HUEVOS CON... Two eggs, any style with your choice of chilie verde, chilie colorado, steak a la chicana, chicharrones en salsa."  All the main entree choices sounded great, but I never can resist chilie verde, so my choice was easy...

The main entree of the breakfast, chilie verde, included a generous portion of diced pork, smothered in savory chilie verde sauce. The pork was seasoned, Mexican style, and I assume fried, and was so tender that you didn't need a knife to cut into smaller pieces, and it nearly melted in your mouth.  The sauce was flavorful, rich, and medium spicy, which is just right for my taste.  According to my server Fernando, the salsa verde is made in-house, and all ingredients are locally sourced.  I believe it, as my chilie verde was both fresh and tasty!

Most of the breakfasts on the menu include fried potatoes, refried beans, green salsa and your choice of flour or corn tortillas.  As per my usual, my choice was corn tortillas.

The refried beans were some of the best that I've enjoyed for quite some time, as they SHOUTED with flavor, which comes from cooking with lard, in the style of Mexico.  The beans were simply amazing, and tasted like the refried beans that you'd enjoy in any loncheria in Mexico.  The potatoes were medium sliced, and fried to a light golden brown on the outside, and were juicy and white inside, just like great fried potatoes should be. My breakfast included a small bowl of in-house made green salsa, which was rich in flavor, and very much on the spicy side, which I dipped my potatoes into for a great taste sensation.  I ordered my eggs fried over easy, and they were perfect.

The corn tortillas were simply amazing!  The dough is made in-house, and my stack of thick tortillas arrived hot, lightly toasted, right off the griddle.  There is nothing better than fresh, thick tortillas to get your morning started, and these tortillas were some of the best I've had for a long time.  I tore them into pieces, rolled them into a roll, and used them to clean up my plate, and dipped them into my bowl of salsa verde.  Perhaps they were the best part of the meal?

During my many trips over the years to Mexico, I've enjoyed many breakfasts at restaurants and loncherias, and Cuca's Restaurant serves an amazing breakfast just like you'd be treated to in any northern Mexican city or town. The food is delicious, it's authentic Mexican cuisine, the price is reasonable, and the service is fast and friendly. What's not to LOVE about Cuca's Restaurant?

Cuca's Restaurant
936 E. Olive Ave.
Fresno, CA 93728
559 237-0111

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