Name of Chef: Eva Sigsworth
Address: 304 N. 19th St.
Hours of service: Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Background in cooking: My mother and I opened Mamacita’s 36 years ago in 1976. The reason we called in Mamacita’s is because that’s what my husband called my mother. It means “little mother.” I was an only child and my family lived in the Hysham area where we were migrant farm workers. We had to pitch in. We spent a lot of time with my mother’s sister and her family. We would cook meals together. I was also put to work hoeing and thinning the sugar beats.
Special features: I have a lot of customers from the West End, Wyoming and Laurel. I even have a couple of people from New York who come out here. The new restaurant is twice as big as the old place. I used to seat 20 and now I can seat 40. It’s so funny. I get people in here once or twice a week who come through the door and say, “We finally found you again.” (Sigsworth closed her former restaurant on Sixth Avenue after selling the building to the owners of Café de Camp, Emily and Jason Corbridge. Two years ago, Sigsworth reopened the business on the corner of Third Avenue North and North 19th Street.)
Favorite dish to fix yourself: The huevos rancheros and the huevos con-chorizo.
Restaurant’s signature dish: Our most popular dish is the No. 3, which comes with two beef and cheese enchiladas and a taco. We’ve kept the main dishes the same. Back when we started, there wasn’t the saturation of Mexican restaurants we have here now. We were trying to erase the Taco Bell stigma from Mexican food, teaching our customers the difference between fast food and home-cooked food. We serve homemade food, more similar to food from southern Texas.
Cooking advice: Learn how to cook without looking at a recipe. You have to have good taste. If people like what you’re making, stick with it.
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